‘Exam’ Trailers Gives You The Answer But Not The Question

By  · Published on July 15th, 2010

It seems like we’re talking a lot lately about psychology and what happens when a small group of people find themselves under stress in a small space. There’s the Experiment trailer that just came out – which sees men cast as guards and prisoners. There’s the Devil trailer that just came out which sees five strangers trapped in a busted up elevator with Satan.

And now there’s the trailer for Exam.

You guessed it: 8 people in a room vying for the same powerful job who are given 80 minutes to come up with the answer to an exam that has no question. Who will paper cut someone to death first?

I realize the economy is bad, and the job market is Hellish, but…yeah, I’d probably end up shooting the other candidates, too.

Hopefully this is a feature length version of the joke where the guy ends up beating his wife to death with a chair because the gun the CIA gave him had blanks.

You want an official synopsis written by the writer/director Stuart Hazeldine instead? Sure thing:

“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. After the initial confusion has subsided, one frustrated candidate writes ‘I believe you should hire me because…,’ and is promptly ejected for spoiling.

The remaining candidates soon figure out they’re permitted to talk to each other, and they agree to cooperate in order to figure out the question: then they can compete to answer it. At first they suspect the question may be hidden in their papers like a security marker in a credit card, and they figure out ways to change their environment to expose the hidden words. But light, liquids and other plans all come to naught.

Soon enough, the candidates begin to uncover each other’s background, prejudices and hidden agendas. Tensions rise as the clock steadily descends towards zero, and each candidate must decide how far they are willing to go to secure the ultimate job . . .”

Who knew the sequel to The Promotion was going to be so brutal?

The movie hits IFC and On Demand July 23rd.

What do you think?

Source: Twitch Film

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