Posted on Friday, November 27th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Stuart Hazeldine‘s high-concept, low-budget thriller single-room real-time feature debut Exam premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival back in August. QuietEarth calls the plot “Cube meets The Apprentice”. Here is the official plot synopsis:
Eight talented candidates have reached the final stage of selection to join the ranks of a mysterious and powerful corporation. Entering a windowless room, an Invigilator gives them eighty minutes to answer one simple question. He outlines three rules they must obey or be disqualified: don’t talk to him or the armed guard by the door, don’t spoil their papers and don’t leave the room. He starts the clock and leaves. The candidates turn over their question papers, only to find they’re completely blank.
I’ve always been a fan of minimalistic single-location stories, from Hard Candy to Saw, Jonathan Liebesman’s The Killing Room to most recently, Paranormal Activity. The trailer is now online thanks to Empire, and embedded after the jump. As always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.