Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Movie Review: Exam

Imagine a movie which is set inside one room. If you are movie fan like me, then the chances are you will reminded of 12 angry men. It is a movie which completely unfolds inside a room over a night. Since there is no shift in location, the movie progresses based on the debate between the 12 angry men and the resulting tensions. It looks like stage drama set in the silver screen. In this movie directed by Stuart Hazeldine and written by jointly by the director and Simon Garrity, the premise is similarly set inside a room. There are 8 people, men and women from different ethnicity and backgrounds, attending the final round of an interview for a very successful firm.

While the successful firm is searching for the suitable candidate, all the candidates are searching for a question to answer. They are presented with a sheet to write down their answers and a set of rules to follow. When the audience is busy guessing who will emerge as the winner, the participants on-screen are busy trying to solve the puzzle. In order to solve the puzzle, they have not only to interact with each other but also to pool in their collective resources. Since it is also about survival, the dark sides of each individuals comes out in the open.

It is not easy for a movie maker to set a film inside the room and still make it engaging. When the genre is thriller, it becomes more difficult to do so. But the director succeeds in keeping us hooked to the movie. In order to do so, he has relied on a less popular faces to portray the characters and extreme close-ups on his actors to accentuate the drama. The drawback of the movie is the climax. The movie plays on our expectations so much that the ending is a let-down. In all fairness, you can't hold the final 5 minutes against the movie since the ride till then is extremely interesting.

It is a must see if you love thrillers.

Language: English

Genre: Thriller

Rating: ****

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Friday, February 21, 2014

You may want to....

Have you been in a meeting when a person starts speaking where he begins the sentence with "You may want to"? I have heard this phrase numerous time. Every time I hear this, I become alert. In my experience, this phrase is used when the speaker does not want to involve himself with what is happening in front of him. At the same time, he knows everyone is overlooking something simple and a train crash is imminent. 

Recently, I was in a meeting where one of my friend started off with this sentence. I was thrown off guard on hearing this and took a few seconds to recover. Since my friend is the one who is ultimately responsible for what was being discussed, I expected him to be more vocal. Instead he decided to be a good guy. A very good who was nudging everyone in the right direction whereas he should have been the bad guy twisting our arms in order to make everyone fall back in line.

When I confronted my friend on his persuasion style after the meeting, the truth tumbled out. He was being rolled off from the project. As a result, he has attained the state of nirvana where nothing bothers him any more. That makes me wonder. Do we care less when the end is in sight?

Tags: Musings,Meeting,Persuasion

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