Exam (Capsule Review)

3-5Star

by Ken B.

This little known tense thriller takes place in one room. Much like (the far superior) 12 Angry Men (Lumet, 1957), claustrophobic cinematography keeps the mood going. Despite being outshined by Men, this movie still holds its own. Set in an alternate universe, candidates for a high profile job are placed in a classroom-like area, given a piece of paper, a stack of tight rules, and a question to answer, (the question isn’t revealed to the end.) Director Stuart Hazeldine directs this superb cast of not-very-well-known actors in a highly recommendable production, in a room that quickly shows its legion of secrets. While it becomes somewhat predictable as the end nears, there’s still something about it that’s very well done.

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