Shades Of Words



Having a membership with Netflix has completely transformed my entertainment experience. I have acces to legal high quality video content of world class movies, documentaries and TV shows. I can play a lot of the items on the Netflix catalogs instantaneously and for the rest I can just rent the DVD. No I am not advertising..but am a truly happy customer.
However, with a lot of choice, its very difficult to decide on one thing. Especially on  a Friday evening when you just want to lay back and enjoy. Kapil shortlisted “Exam” after half an hour of deliberation and to be honest I was quite skeptic as the movie started. The first few minutes were very close and very slow shots of different people getting ready for some sort of event.
The premise of the movie is set soon enough. We see 8 people file into a closed sealed room where they are clearly to go through some sort of test. It is soon established, that these are the final candidates for a very coveted position and have reached the final stage of their assessment program. The last task is cryptic – they have 80 minutes to answer the question on the exam paper in front of them without leaving the room. The catch – the paper is empty.
If you enjoy point and click escape games , this would be fun as those eight people need to use their wits and resources at hand to figure out the question and the answer. As a viewer , you are hooked the second the candidates in the movie discover that the paper is empty.
This is also very obviously a study of human dynamics – four men and four women in a closed room, different races, different personalities but the same coveted prize. Something like your reality show but less dirty coz they are actors in a movie after all !
The performances are quite average, some actors doing better than the others , but all adequate. The script is actually pretty good and quite edgy. The movie is not brilliant but is definitely much better than whats out there. I would recommend it.




Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

4 thoughts on “Exam

  1. You moved from mainstream movies to psychological thrillers haven’t you 🙂 I’ve tried to get myself to watch Black Swan but couldn’t. You definitely should watch The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo…thats a murder mystery/thriller.

  2. @Zoya – 🙂 not just sounded interesting ! I will watch “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” once the hype dies down

  3. This was a really good one. I am glad that I could finally make a choice amongst all that it out there on Netflix.

  4. @Kapil – Yes it was a very good choice…time well spent on a movie

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