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Stuart Hazeldine (2009)

96min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Eight job applicants face the selection test from hell in British writer/director Stuart Hazeldine's confident debut. A pressure-cooker exploration of the extremes of human ambition, it's a sci-fi tinged psychological thriller that plays like a dystopian take on TV's The Apprentice. Claustrophobic foreboding infuses the lean plot, as the disparate candidates (the most well-known face among them being Jimi Mistry) get 80 minutes in a guarded, windowless room to tackle a conundrum that unleashes the best - and worst - in their archetypal personalities. With the exam papers revealed to be completely blank and invigilator Colin Salmon's three strict rules amplifying the group's against-the-clock anxieties, the real-time events become an increasingly vicious battle of wits and wills. Slick editing and twisting revelations maintain the intense atmosphere, while effective performances (notably from Luke Mably as an unprincipled alpha male) deflect attention from the narrative's limited scope and single location. The overall result is an impressive calling card for Hazeldine, even if the climax lacks the impact promised by its ingenious set-up.

Summary

Eight candidates vying for a single position at a mysterious organisation are seated in a guarded room and informed they have eighty minutes to answer one question. However, they turn over their papers to find them blank and begin to realise they must work together if they are to uncover the truth behind the test. Psychological thriller, starring Luke Mably, Nathalie Cox, Jimi Mistry, Adar Beck and Gemma Chan.

Cast & Crew

White Luke Mably
Brown Jimi Mistry
The invigilator Colin Salmon
Blonde Nathalie Cox
Black Chuk Iwuji
Chinese girl Gemma Chan
Deaf John Lloyd Fillingham
Brunette Pollyanna McIntosh
Dark Adar Beck
Director Stuart Hazeldine
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Hazeldine Films / Miracle Guidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 8 Jan 2010

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