-> '''White''': It's not about the answer - it's about the question.\\
'''Brunette''': What is the question?

''Exam'' is a 2009 PsychologicalThriller about eight job applicants vying for an amazing (but vague) position in a mysterious but powerful company. They are put into a room, and a speech is recited to them:

-> ''[[ExactWords "There is no law in this room but our law, and the only rules in here are our rules. There is one question before you, and one answer is required. If you try to communicate with myself or the guard, you will be disqualified. If you spoil your paper, intentionally or accidentally, you will be disqualified. If you choose to leave this room for any reason, you will be disqualified. Any questions?"]]''

The eight of them are left in the room with a security guard, while a clock runs down for eighty minutes. But not all is what it seems, and things get messy quickly.

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%%* {{Adorkable}}: Deaf, between his glasses, his slouch, and his stutter.
* AnAesop: Teamwork and cooperation are better than selfishness and competition.
* AllThereInTheScript: The Chinese Girl's ethnicity is only revealed in the credits.
* AlternateUniverse: The movie takes place TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, in the aftermath of a pandemic. The story is mostly grounded, with a bit of science fiction thrown in.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: It's implied that Brown is of Indian descent, but never outright stated.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: [[spoiler: Brown]], who doesn't do anything of note until he wants information out of Dark.
%%* AndStarring: Colin Salmon.
%%* AntiHero: Most of the cast.
* AntiIntellectualism: White when discussing how "useless" philosophizers and such are.
* ApocalypseHow: The Virus either caused Type 0 or Type 1.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The pills taken to suppress the virus.
* ArcWords: "What is the question?"
%%* ArtisticTitle
* AsceticAesthetic: The Examination Room
%%* AsianAndNerdy: Chinese Girl, [[spoiler:presumably]]
* AsYouKnow: Some of the Invigilator's opening monologue comes off like this.
%%* AudienceSurrogate: Either Black or Blonde.
%%* BadassInANiceSuit: The Invigilator.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: Ultimately [[spoiler: subverted; as White is going into a coma, Brown tries to prevent him from getting his medicine. His plan doesn't work.]]
%%* BaldOfAwesome: The Invigilator
* BeardOfEvil: White has a significant amount of stubble when compared to Black. [[spoiler: Brown also has a full grown beard, although he's less villainous than White.]]
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted; all injuries sustained have an effect, and the time spent in the room has an appropriate effect on all of the women.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Averted; [[spoiler: White tells Blonde that helping him was a mistake.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: White and Blonde, although it's one-sided.
%%* BenevolentBoss: The CEO.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler: Blonde proves to be the only one who can truly outsmart White.]]
%%* BlackAndNerdy: Black is a mild example, but it really comes out when he talks about light.
%%* BlackComedy
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Among the applicants, there is at least one willing to do ''anything'' - no matter how terrible - to get the job. The other applicants are at different points heroic and (depending on what is being threatened and who is on the receiving end) willing to just stand by and watch.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler:Seemingly averted, then avoided.]]
%%* BlatantLies: [[spoiler: White]] is guilty of this.
* BodyDouble: The [[spoiler:CEO]] has one for public appearances.
%%* BondVillainStupidity: [[spoiler: White]], near the end.
* BookEnds: The movie officially begins (post-credits) with a close up on feet. [[spoiler:It ends with a close up on hands.]]
* BottleEpisode: aside from a few seconds at the beginning focused on each character, the entire film takes place in a single room (and attached hallway).
* BoundAndGagged: [[spoiler:Black]] does this to [[spoiler:White]] when he decides he's finally heard enough out of him.
* BrainlessBeauty: White accuses Blonde of being this.
* BrainyBrunette: Brunette, obviously. Dark qualifies as well.
* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler:White gets dragged across the DespairEventHorizon at the end of the film]].
* BreakThemByTalking: When [[spoiler: White]] recovers from his [[spoiler: coma]], he delivers this speech to the others about how damaging their arrogance and selfishness are.
%%* ButtMonkey: White. [[spoiler: Not like he doesn't deserve it.]]
* TheCakeIsALie: Discussed and [[spoiler:averted]].
* CannotSpitItOut: Poor Deaf has a terrible stutter, and he only speaks French.
* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler: The Invigilator, technically. He only said that he was going to ask them one question; no one believed him.]]
%%* CasanovaWannabe: White.
* CerebusSyndrome: While it's never an outright COMEDY, it's hard to deny that the film was a lot more light-hearted before [[spoiler: Brunette accidentally disqualified herself]]. After that point, the film takes a darker turn into [[spoiler: sadism, torture and attempted murder]], although there are moments of humor here and there.
* ChekhovsArmoury: Pretty much everything in the movie comes in play later on, even a pencil!
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Deaf's glasses, the voice-activated lights, the gun, the pencils, Blonde's hair pin, White's pills and wristwatch, Brown's coin and chewing gum, the broken glass, test papers themselves; it'd be easier to list things that DIDN'T qualify.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Deaf and The Guard.]]
%%* TheChessmaster: The CEO
%%* TheChick: Blonde
%%* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
* ClockDiscrepancy: This proves vital in the climax when White uses the guard's gun to threaten first Brown, then Blonde to leave the room so that he'll win the examination by default. [[spoiler:It turns out that Deaf had changed the clock when no one was looking, so when White talks to the Invigilator as soon as he thinks he's won, he just disqualified himself because they were still within the time limit.]]
* ClosedCircle: The room itself, in a way. There's nothing stopping them from leaving, other than the knowledge that doing so will disqualify them.
%%* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Deaf
* ColdBloodedTorture: [[spoiler: Brown engages in this.]] The other characters lampshade how wrong this is.
%%* CombatPragmatist: Black and White
* CooperationGambit: All eight candidates are vying for the same job, but they agree to work together fully knowing only one can advance. Some are more genuine in their cooperation than others.
%%* CorruptCorporateExecutive: [[spoiler:Discussed and subverted.]]
* CrapsackWorld: The film is set in an alternate-history United Kingdom where a disease known only as "The Virus" forces most of the population to take pills every few hours or die.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Most of the attempts to figure out the question are subverted; the plans are crazy... they just don't work.
%%* CrazyPrepared: Bi-Org, apparently.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Blonde isn't a moron, she just doesn't do much. [[spoiler: She turns out to be incredibly clever.]]
* CrucifiedHeroShot: Inverted [[spoiler: with Black's "death." Lampshaded by Deaf]].
* CruelTwistEnding: [[spoiler: For White; he disqualifies himself by addressing the Invigilator before time runs out because Deaf messed with the clock to speed up the clock when no one was paying attention.]]
* DarkestHour: [[spoiler: When White has the gun and the security guard.]]
* DarkHorseVictory: [[spoiler:Thought that White or even Black would win, didn't you? Nope, ''Blonde'' wins.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Most of the cast, but White and Brown stand out particularly.
* DecoyProtagonist: The first-billed characters, Deaf and Chinese Girl, [[spoiler: have the least amount of lines out of all the contestants; Deaf IS revealed later to be ChekhovsGunman]].
%%* DeliberateInjuryGambit: [[spoiler:Subverted]]
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:White being disqualified]]
%%* {{Determinator}}: Essentially the whole cast.
* DisproportionateRetribution: There's a fair amount of escalation throughout the film.
%%* DividedWeFall: Discussed
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Brunette rather... suggestively looking through the guard's pockets.
%%* DontCelebrateJustYet: [[spoiler:This is White's undoing.]]
%%* DoubleStandard: Defied by Brown.
%%* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:White]] after being disqualified. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]
* DrivingQuestion: "WHAT IS THE QUESTION?!"
** And to a lesser extent: "What is the job?"
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Black. After serving as the film's main hero, he's shot, seemingly killed, and presumably does not get a job of any kind, despite not actually being disqualified.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?: Black clutching his cross [[spoiler: after he rises from the dead]]. Blatantly spelled out by [[spoiler: Deaf]].
%%* DumbBlonde: Averted.
%%* EarnYourHappyEnding
* EmpathicEnvironment: The different types of lighting.
%%* EntitledBastard: White
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Every character gets one in the opening credits.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Invigilator, the security guard and [[spoiler: the CEO]]
* EvilBrit: While most characters are British, it's noticeable that [[spoiler: White]] has the thickest accent.
* EvilLaugh: Downplayed with [[spoiler: White's]] chuckle
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler: White wants to use the others as much as he can until he finds a good opportunity to start disqualifying them.]]
%%* EvilSoundsDeep: Averted and subverted
* ExactWords: A major plot point.
-->'''White:''' It's not about what he said. It's about what he didn't say."
** Ultimately, [[spoiler:only Blonde figures out the ''true'' exact words. The Invigilator says that there is a question before them and asks only one question: "Are there any questions?". All you have to do to pass is turn in your unspoiled form and answer "No."]]
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Aside from the opening scene, the movie takes place over the course of under two hours.
* EyeScream: "Or the threat of it."
* TheFaceless: [[spoiler:Subverted with]] the CEO.
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:White]]
%%* TheFettered: Black, at first
* {{Foil}}: Fittingly, [[RuleOfSymbolism White is a foil to Black.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** [[spoiler: The question asked was "Any questions?" The correct answer: No. When the characters first start talking, one of the first questions one asks is "Anyone figure out the answer yet?" The first response given? "No."]]
** [[spoiler: "A job you'd kill for?"]]
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Occasionally, although to call them "friends" would be a bit generous...
* ForTheEvulz: Some of [[spoiler: White's]] actions, such as forcing [[spoiler: Deaf]] to EAT [[spoiler: his]] own paper.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine- Black and Brunette; Choleric- White; Melancholic- Brunette, Brown and Deaf; Phlegmatic- Blonde;
* TheGhost: Black's wife and Brunette's partner. [[spoiler: Subverted with the CEO]]
* GoodIsNotNice: Although Black is one of the more heroic characters, he has no problem lashing out at those who go too far.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Averted; there's nothing really attractive about Dark's scars.
* GracefulLoser: Averted; [[spoiler: the closest we get is Black or Brown.]]
* GrayRainOfDepression: Not so much rain, but a sprinkler system. Still...
* GutPunch: "And then there were six."
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: A mild example, but the main focus of the first half of the film focuses on the candidates trying to unveil hidden writing on their paper. Then [[spoiler:White makes Brunette burn her own paper, and the rest of the film documents the candidates slowly going insane and turning on each other.]]
* HealingFactor: [[spoiler:Apparently the cure for ThePlague grants the one who takes it this.]]
* TheHeavy: [[spoiler: White]] is not the main/head villain but he is the one driving the plot.
* HeroAntagonist: Going by the general definition of the word, [[spoiler: White]] is arguably TheProtagonist, making [[spoiler: mostly]] everyone else fall into this category.
* HesDeadJim: [[spoiler:Subverted. Blonde assumes Black is dead after being shot in the upper chest, but he is very much alive.]]
%%* HiddenDepths: Brown
%%* HiddenVillain: Discussed with [[spoiler: Brown]]
%%* HintDropping: [[spoiler:most of what Deaf manages to say]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:White]] loses the competition due to his own hubris.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Everyone, for trusting [[spoiler: White who is a ManipulativeBastard]].
* HumanShield: An interesting variation with the [[spoiler: security guard.]]
%%* HumiliationConga: White [[spoiler: until he gets the gun.]]
* ILied: [[spoiler:White]] says this when everyone calls him out on his back-stabbing.
%%* InUniverseCamera: The security camera is used at certain points in the story.
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler: "Any Questions?"]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: [[spoiler:White stabs Black]] with a pencil, while [[spoiler:Brown tortures Dark]] with a piece of paper.
%%* InstantDeathBullet: [[spoiler:Inverted]]
* InsultBackfire: Dark diagnoses [[spoiler: White]] as a narcissist, who takes it as a compliment.
* InterimVillain: [[spoiler: Brown acts far more antagonistic while White is in his coma]]
%%* InventedIndividual: [[spoiler: The "CEO" of BiOrg is really just a face for the press.]]
* IronicNickname: White calls Brown Gandhi near the opening of the film. This is ironic, as Brown [[spoiler: has military experience, and is the second-most violent member of the group]].
* {{Irony}}: In the ending, [[spoiler:White is DrivenToSuicide, but is unable to finish himself off due to the fingerprinted trigger preventing him from [[AteHisGun shooting himself in the head]] now that the guard is in escort mode. Minutes later, the gun is revealed to be a HealingShiv that would have cured him of ThePlague.]]
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Double Subverted with the guard's gun; [[spoiler: It's fully loaded, but only recognizes the guard's fingerprint. That said, the "bullets" are actually pills that heal the wounded.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Most of the cast shows signs of this at some point, but White is the biggest offender.
* IWorkAlone: [[spoiler: White, after the twist is revealed.]]
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: [[spoiler:Brown]] tortures [[spoiler:Dark]] with a piece of paper.
* {{Jerkass}}: White is arrogant, abrasive, and shamelessly manipulative.
%%* JerkassFacade: Played with
* JerkassHasAPoint: White picking apart some of Black's statements during the third act.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: White
* JustInTime: [[spoiler: White's disqualification.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Despite their actions, it's suggested [[spoiler:in the Invigilator's opening speech]] that neither [[spoiler:White]] nor [[spoiler:Brown]] will receive any punishment.
* KickTheDog: White's process of nicknaming people - while 7/8 are simply one-word descriptors of a character's features (chiefly their hair or skin colour), they're delivered in a somewhat obnoxious and offensive manner; calling an Indian man "Brown" probably crosses the line into being racially offensive. Mocking [[spoiler: the Chinese girl]] for being disqualified didn't exactly endear him to audiences either.
* KingIncognito: [[spoiler:Deaf was the CEO all along.]]
* LargeHam: The Invigilator during the first scene.
%%* LaughablyEvil: White
%%* LeanAndMean: White
%%* {{Leitmotif}}: A few
* LiteralGenie: The guard, who ''only'' removes applicants once they break the ExactWords of the rules.
* LivingProp: The guard is a very literal example of this, acting mainly as an entity to drag the disqualified out, [[spoiler:and even moreso once White realizes [[ChekhovsGun his weapon]] is fingerprinted]].
* TheLoad: How White sees everyone else.
* LoopholeAbuse: Invoked; it's more like an open invitation for creativity.
%%* LoveableRogue: Brown
* MacGuffin: The question is all that stands between the cast and applying for this job. Their quest for it drives the plot.
* ManipulativeBastard:
** White sees everyone as pawns to be manipulated for his own use.
** [[spoiler: Deaf was manipulating everyone in the room the entire time but for a benevolent purpose instead of a selfish one.]]
* ManlyTears: [[spoiler:White]] after being unwittingly disqualified.
* MeaningfulEcho: Anytime someone is disqualified, they replay the Invigilator stating the rule that was just broken; [[spoiler: the only exception is Brown's disqualification.]] The Invigilator's opening lines are also quoted whenever an advance seems to be made based on what he did or did not say.
%%* MeaningfulName: A few of the nicknames given
* {{Megacorp}}: Bi-Org, or so it's heavily implied - largely because they manufacture treatment for a [[ThePlague worldwide pandemic]].
* MenUseViolenceWomenUseCommunication: Most of the male characters are far more violent than the females.
* {{Minimalism}}: 99% of the movie takes place in one room.
* MinimalistCast: see those guys in the very first scene? They will be the only characters in the entire movie. [[spoiler: Many of them won't even be there in the end.]]
* MistakenForSpies: Both [[spoiler:Dark and White]] are accused of being plants.
* TheMole:
** [[spoiler:Deaf]], who was actually [[spoiler:the CEO of the company]].
** RedHerringMole: [[spoiler:Dark]], who actually ''did'' work for the company, but was [[spoiler:legitimately applying for the position, and was not planted there intentionally]].
* MoodWhiplash: Several times, but especially going from the light comedy of the characters setting off the sprinklers to the drama of [[spoiler: Brunette and Deaf's disqualification.]]
* MoralEventHorizon: In-universe. [[spoiler:While no one likes White anyway, they all see him manipulating Brunette into disqualifying herself as this. Afterward, they don't even want to work for him.]]
* MrExposition: The Invigilator and Dark both serve this purpose at some point; rules and hints and such.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone?: [[spoiler:White]] after being disqualified.
* NamelessNarrative / OnlyKnownByTheirNickname:
** The job applicants [[LampshadeHanging insist on not giving each other their actual names]]. "White" gives them all nicknames instead: such as "Black", "Brown", "Blonde", "Brunette", etc. The representative of the company only calls himself "the Invigilator".
** The guard and the [[spoiler:first applicant to be disqualified]] are never named: they are credited as "The Guard" and [[spoiler:"Chinese Girl"]] respectively.
* NearVillainVictory: [[spoiler: White]] almost won but he was OutGambitted at the last second [[spoiler:because Deaf changed the clock without him knowing.]]
** Of course, this isn't considering the fact that [[spoiler:he most definitely would not have figured out the question anyway, let alone the answer.]]
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: White accuses Blonde of this. [[spoiler:Within minutes she's disproven this by getting the job.]]
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailer made the movie seem far more action-packed than the final product.
* NiceHat: The security guard has one.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: White shooting Black ends up curing him of the disease they both carry.]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: [[spoiler:Dark gets disqualified when she appeals for an intervention because one of the applicants is dying.]]
* NobodyPoops: Averted. When the characters test to see if water will reveal the question, White tests his piece by peeing on it; much to the other character's disgust.
* NoodleIncident: The steps required to get to the exam process are never explained.
* NoNameGiven: The whole cast because no one wanted to be named.
%%* TheNotLoveInterest: Blonde to Black.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: [[spoiler: Deaf, although the Invigilator says it's not an act.]]
%%* ObviouslyEvil: [[spoiler: White]]
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Black has a few during the latter half, such as [[spoiler: being willing to let White die.]]
* ThePlague: the characters talk about a global pandemic of some sort; people who are infected must take some (very expensive) medication every hour, on the hour, or they will fall unconscious, go into convulsions, fall into a coma, and die. Properly medicated, however, they function normally, and don't seem to be highly contagious.
* PlotDrivingSecret: "What is the question?"
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: [[spoiler:White]]
%%* PragmaticVillain
%%* ProperlyParanoid: Brown
%%* PsychopathicManchild: [[spoiler: White]]
* PunchClockVillain: Not a villain, but the Security Guard is a Punch Clock Antagonist of Punch Clock Neutral.
* RealTime: More or less; a story that spans 2 hours takes about that much time to watch.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Everything: the pencils, the lights, the lighter, the sprinkler system, and the gun are all distractions. The test is solved by handing in the unmarred paper and voicing the answer aloud.]]
* RedHerringMole: [[spoiler: Dark]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Dark's diagnosis of [[spoiler: White]]. It doesn't work.
* TheReveal: Several:
** [[spoiler:Dark]] works for the company, [[spoiler:but is not a mole]].
** [[spoiler:Deaf]] is the [[spoiler:CEO of the company]].
** "The question" is [[spoiler:the only question that they were asked: "Any questions?"]]
*** [[spoiler:The proper response is: "No."]]
** [[spoiler:The gun]] is acutally a [[spoiler:HealingShiv]].
%%* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Discussed by Brown, defied by Dark.
* RulesLawyer: All the applicants once they catch on to the fact that the guard is a LiteralGenie, but especially White.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Black clutching his cross [[spoiler:when he rises from the dead. Deaf]] even points out the inherent symbolism at work.
* ScaryBlackMan: the Invigilator is black and disqualifies people; the lattter makes him scary.
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: [[spoiler: Brown; although forced at gunpoint, he maintains a very defiant attitude.]]
* [[spoiler:SecretTestOfCharacter]]: The [[spoiler:criteria]] of the testing, with the dream job as the reward.
* SelfHarm: Dark's scars are shown in both her introduction and a scene late into the movie.
* SeriousBusiness: The whole plot; people go mad and kill each other over a job application.
* ShakyCam: Used sparingly.
* ShutUpHannibal: Delivered by most of the cast to [[spoiler: White]] at one point or another.
* SkewedPriorities: Dark is appalled by everyone else being willing to let [[spoiler: White die]] for the sake of not disqualifying themselves.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Ends up being more [[spoiler: idealist than cynical]].
* SmallNameBigEgo: White; Dark notes that he shows most of the symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and he's absolutely certain of how ahead of the game he is [[spoiler:right up until the guard drags him out.]]
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Dark and Deaf; [[spoiler: the former already passed a similar exam and the latter is the boss.]]
%%* SmugSnake: White and Brown.
%%* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Between White and Brown.
%%* TheSociopath: [[spoiler: White]]
* SociopathicSoldier: [[spoiler: Brown used to be a soldier, and has apparently retained a penchant for torture from his army days.]]
* SoftGlass: No one is ever cut or hurt by the shards of glass around the room. This is quite sensible, as the room was clearly planned with the expectation that people would break it.
* SpannerInTheWorks: White, who sets the entire film in motion.
* TheStoic: The Security Guard never shows emotion.
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler: White]] gives [[spoiler: Blonde]] the option to leave the room or be shot. She does neither.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: [[{{Pun}} Discussed]] by several characters, who point out that arguing merely eats up their eighty minutes.
* ThirdActStupidity: Justified. [[spoiler: Although White conveniently forgets that he synced his watch up to the clock, it's understandable, considering the events of the film.]]
* ThouShaltNotKill: [[spoiler:ALMOST]] everyone to an extent, although Dark seems to have the biggest difficulties with [[spoiler:letting White die]].
* TokenRomance: Averted - there's four male and four female candidates, all of them relatively attractive, but there's absolutely no element of romance to the film.
%%* TortureAlwaysWorks
* TortureTechnician: [[spoiler: Brown]] must have picked this up in the army.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The trailer spoils [[spoiler:Brunette's]] ruined paper, as well as footage from the final scene.
* TrashTalk: Between White and Black; Brunette refers to it as a pissing contest.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Subtly done, but the mysterious global plague and its treatment [[spoiler:particularly the healing bullet]] strongly hint at wandering into sci-fi territory. The rest of the technology present is all very much present day stuff.
* TwoActStructure: The first act deals with the the cast trying to reveal invisible ink on the pages; the second is more about [[spoiler: White's treachery and the applicants turning on each other]].
* {{Understatement}}: "I lied."
%%* UngratefulBastard: White
* UnwittingPawn: Discussed
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Two cases:
** You want an amazing, high-paying dream job? Just what are you willing to do to get it? Lie? Cheat? Steal? Kill? [[spoiler:For most of them: '''yes''']].
** So, your company [[spoiler:has created a drug that can heal/cure anything and make people practically immortal, making the world an infinitely better place and saving billions of lives]] and you need to find someone [[spoiler:who is right for the responsibility of distributing it, since you can never hope to make enough]]? That's fine - just put confused, desperate people into an isolated room, give them weapons, and watch them tear each other to shreds! Justified in that the [[spoiler:winning candidate was the only one who stayed calm, didn't resort to drastic methods, and remained thoughtful and methodical throughout, even when there were lives on the line - which was ''exactly'' the kind of person the CEO was after]].
* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler:No one dies]], but [[spoiler:Blonde]] is less aggressive and active than most of the other girls [[spoiler: and she's the only one to figure out the question and thus finish the application]], though none of them is really very Vasquez ([[spoiler:Brunette is a vamp, Dark is a bookworm, and Chinese is out of the movie before getting a chance to display a personality at all]]).
%% * ViewersAreMorons:
* VillainBall: Most of [[spoiler: White's]] {{plan}}s fall apart when he descends into this; similarly, people stop listening to [[spoiler:Brown]] after the torture scene.
%%* VillainousBreakdown
* TheVoiceless: The guard, who never speaks, and only interacts with the applicants to escort them out of the room.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: The very second piece of dialogue in the entire film is [[spoiler:the Chinese Girl's pleading as she's disqualified.]]
* WhatTheHellHero?: Dark to the others [[spoiler: when they're willing to let White die.]]
%%* WideEyedIdealist: Black, at least at first.
* WorldOfSnark: Although some have more snarkiness than others, everyone has their moments.
* WouldHitAGirl: Brown goes UpToEleven; not just hurting but ''torturing'' a girl.
* YankTheDogsChain: [[spoiler: It seems that White has the job in the bag- until he disqualifies himself within the final minute, mistakenly believing the eighty minutes are up.]]
* YouAreNumberSix: The exams only have their numbers, not their names.
* YouWouldntShootMe: [[spoiler: White]] to [[spoiler: Black]].