This picture reminded me of a time when newly graduated from high school I tried to put myself through college by taking the SAT exams for younger students. If they wanted to get into some place great I'd try to get brilliant scores, if they wanted to get into community college I'd answer badly. It would be rather fun except it was a little bit nerve wracking, and I stopped my activities when one girl in the classroom recognized me under my true identity and nearly jobbed me as a bad lot. Whew, I can still feel the relief. I don't think you could do this today, I expect every single person, even the young, has some sort of picture ID, or maybe they use DNA evidence, but back then you basically just out your social security card on the desk and the proctors might give it a look but usually they just whisked by like runway models, looking neither sideways nor down.
In EXAM the young people are not trying to get into top schools but rather they're sitting for an exam in which the top applicant will win a job with a faceless corporation. It didn't seem likely to us, but then they explained that the world had been invaded with a killer disease and that this company a) gave top people great medical insurance and b) actually were this close to a cure. In th4 closed set of the exam room, it all seems far away, and thus when the eight people are all revealed to have enough motive to do just about anything to stay in the game, it makes sense, well, up to a certain point. I'm afraid the low budget of the production limits its plausibility. We never get a sense of the outside world, and the characters, who absurdly use not their own names but they answer to names like "Black," "White" and "Brown" bestowed on them by a chav, come across like they think they're in some Guy Ritchie remake of The Usual Suspects. Or is it like Glengarry Glen Ross, mixed with a little bit of Reservoir Dogs, but with much cuter guys. There's nothing original about EXAM in the least, but Jimi Mistry, Luke Mabry and Chuk Iwuji are all entertaining in their brown, white and black ways. The girls, not so much. Two of them are among the worst actresses I've ever seen in an actual movie, you think it's some kind of reality show but it's not, they're supposed to be edgy young British talent. Well, I shouldn't be harsh, I'm just warning you, this movie has A aspirations but D-level performances, and the writing is ludicrous, once you realize that the whole ninety minutes folks are going to think about what you could do with a sheet of white paper short of ruining it. Everything we thought of, no matter how silly, the characters then proposed and tried it out. "Let's give the weak one a paper cut with it!" Done.