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.