Watch This: Trailer for New One-Room Thriller Titled Exam

November 26, 2009
Source: Empire

Exam Trailer

By now, the stuck-in-one-room thriller has almost become a genre of its own. Cube was one of the first to spark up a new batch and then we later got Saw and most recently The Killing Room. Now out of the UK comes another new thriller called Exam about eight people locked in one room who are given one simple question to answer. But what is the question? Empire has debuted a trailer for this and it looks frickin' fantastic. I'm a sucker for these kind of films and this looks like one of the better ones coming up. Plus, I haven't seen Colin Salmon (he's the Invigilator) in a good role in a while and he looks great. Watch this!

Watch the official trailer for Stuart Hazeldine's Exam:

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. That's all I need to know.

Exam is written and directed by first-time British director Stuart Hazeldine, a screenwriter who co-wrote Alex Proyas' Knowing as well as other a few other in-development projects. The story was also developed by Simon Garrity. The film premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival but doesn't have a US distributor yet. We're not sure when it'll hit US theaters, but I've got a feeling it'll hit other film festivals first. Look good?

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  • jebb
    Dang! An original movie. Now there's a novel idea. Hollywood studios take note.
  • ureyesonly
    its just one of those "i will tell you the whole story in 2 min" trailers: looked interesting at the beginning, but how much are you willing to bet that the guy in the white shirt with the guard next to him pointing the gun at his head infront of the see-through wall at the end is the "winner"? its a "ney" for me I will stick with Cube (, twelve years old and still kicking a** !!!
  • Jaf
    Wow, this reminded me of those creepy-ass Milgram tests
  • Just got "Frozen" in my inbox, about a group of guys who get stranded in a ski lift.
  • twispious
    how far can this story go? by the first day of release,the storyline wouldve been leaked.and unless this offers exceptional cinematography,performances or some other x-factor i'll see the one-room thing as a mere gimmick.
  • Will
    Maybe #5 but it looks pretty original to me...
  • Cindy
    The trailer looks good, I just hope it hasn't given away the whole story. One room movies can actually be quite interesting, for example 12 Angry Men.
  • Cody
    Exactly what I was thinking #2 I feel like they just told me the ending but thought we wouldnt really catch it cause it was a split second shot. It just looks very predictable but maybe itll pull a usual suspects moment and be totally awesome.
  • dom
    Some good actors in there and it looks like theres some kick ass tension building - I'm in!
  • The Man With No Name
    I've taken SAT tests 3x longer than this "exam", and none of the things in this trailer happened in my classroom. I can't see all that stuff happening in 80 minutes, so this looks like a bunch of BS. Sorry.
  • "it looks frickin' fantastic" Yep, I watched it before reading your introduction and that's exactly what I thought after watching it. This is the kind of movie I like, one that is very psychological. I'll be checking it out for sure.
  • Shige
    #10 Yeah because at SAT tests you got a dark room, a guy with a gun and no questions on the sheet. I can see why you think its exactly the same.
  • Sleepykid
    I think I'll pass (geddit?)
  • D.
    I'm with #1, new ideas!!!! Finally something pretty damm interesting. And i guess that moment with the guy in white shirt was just a false clue. Well at least i hope so. I'm Sold
  • Someone
    If you have seen the killing room, you have no need to see this at all, at least i know i dont.
  • Mike P
    funny thing is i just saw the movie "fermat's room".
  • ocp
    this = killing room
  • DCompose
    Man I'd hate to work for Google.
  • Cineprog
    Sounds to me its about single mindness witch they have to work togeather to find the Answer also Eliminateing eatch other one by one. were one can be victorias or is it a wim to keep aritch corprate amused. The film Exam sound very intressting. :)
  • beavis
    i like what i'm seeing from this. it's original and the acting looks good. i'll be watching. #17 - while it may have similarities, i don't think it's the same thing. and anyways, all movies share similarities with other movies.
  • Ricardo
    Showing the countdown ending on the trailer really pissed me off!!!! Alex, i think you should start a debate on trailers nowadays, an extreme makeover is needed asap! And frankly, my ceptical side prevents me from getting excited about movies with trailers that show us way too much. Seems a little desperate. But the rest was good. I'm really curious to know what kind of job and corporation would that be so they would think they needed to kill each other. Personally, i would just let the clock reach 0 while everybody else freaks out and hope to win by indurance.
  • beavis
    thanks, #16........i just checked out a trailer for "fermats room". it looks great! i'm going to see if netflix has it. hey, #4.....i can't find any info on "frozen" at all.......did you make that up?
  • whomever
    I would watch this movie based off of this trailer.
  • Cody
    Im sorry but #10s comment is on top list of not thinking at all before you post really??
  • Sabes
    I'm interested in seeing this. Looks good to me. *shrug*
  • Batman music in trailer. They've got balls...
  • jason
    I woulda just written "to get to the other side" and waited till time ran out. 😀
  • Greasy Tones
    what happens if they need to do a turd?
  • Collin
    "If you spoil your paper for any reason..." That's probably the challenge, they were all setting papers on fire and such.
  • Fisherr
  • 4th begger
    Totally @ #29 U could just grab ure pencil and deface all of the other peoples papers and bam! u win. Still, trolling and synicism aside, it could still be ok.
  • ClerksFan
    This looks retarded...if it isn't a perfect cookie cutter studio film it must suck and can't be worth watching...It sucks that this probably won't get picked up by any American distributors ....I base this statement solely on the fact that the trailer looked like a film that might actually make you think and is therefore garbage by their standards... Because if most Americans have to think they cause themselves serious pain due to the fact that the muscle they are forced to use has atrophied...
  • arjones
    Amen! #7-cindy for 12 angry men. Best one room movies ever and one of my faves. This one I think to hopefully catch free on cable at some point in my life not gonna run out to see it or rent it. Also #2 cube was way cool when I seen it.
  • beavis
    #33 - i agree with "12 angry men" long as you're talking about the original 1957 version. another great "one room" movie: "five fingers". it has very brief flashback moments but 99% of the movie is in one's not a classic like "12 angry men" but it's very good. if anyone reads this and decides to watch "five fingers" - don't give up on it and watch till the end; it's worth it.
  • I met one of the actresses in this movie in the summer and she never mentioned being in it so they must have made it super fast, I suppose the 'one room movie' is a super short shoot to do. Probably could do the whole thing in 3 days. Pollyanna is a good actress so I look forward to watching this.
  • looks dumb as hell
  • shy guy
    i thought this was a remake of thge spanish movie "El Metodo"... the premises are almost the same. Check the link: "El Metodo" was a good movie, and this looks interesting too, although a bit over the top (with the flashes of people torturing each other...?? how the hell are they going to get to that point? )
  • Joe
    Um, the test is just to make them fight each other to prove how cut-throat they can be. LAME.
  • arjones
    #34 I've only seen the 50's version and it's one of those movies that stick with you for life as great movie. Now that you mention it I recall a remake but I've never seen it.
  • neonblue120
    looks pretty good
  • jeremy
    #13...........I don't get it!!!
  • Craig
    Little late to the discussion, I suppose, but I just watched the trailer. Or the first half of the trailer, rather. That was all it took to get me interested, and I didn't want the second half giving away more of the story than necessary.




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