Film #201: EXAM
4 out of 5 stars
A taut, introspective drama/thriller that is about the lengths one will go to get ahead and at what cost is a person’s humanity. Similar to such films as Marcelo Pinetro’s THE METHOD, Frederic Grousset’s AQUARIUM, and Jonathan Liebesman’s KILLING ROOM, EXAM is an examination of a group of people all vying for the same job. Following a Romero-ian formular (take a group of people, lock them in an enclosed space, and watch each clearly defined character bounce off of the other), the film is (with just a few exceptions) nearly violence-free, but it remains both thought-provoking and engaging. An interesting aspect of it is also that it is told in real time which is a hard thing to pull off but EXAM does it beautifully. The cast are all rock solid and writer, director Stuart Hazeldine shows an intelligent and assured hand. I liked this one a lot, kids!