Fermat’s Room (2007)
(15) Running time: 88 minutes
Director: Luis Piedrahita, Rodrigo Sopena
Writers: Luis Piedrahita, Rodrigo Sopena
Starring: Alejo Sauras, Ariadna Cabrol, San Yelamos
Reviewed by: Matt Wavish, official HCF critic
It says on the box, Pi meets Cube with a dash of Saw which sums this little Spanish thriller up nicely. I have to say, i have been waiting for this for AGES now, and i can’t help but feel a little let down. The idea is great, 4 strangers solve this maths puzzle which has been sent to them in the post, they then follow instructions to a secret location. They wear name badges of fake names as not to reveal their true identity. All they know is a guy named Fermat is behind this intriguing idea.
In an abandoned warehouse in the middle of nowhere, they find a posh room with leather sofas, a dinner table, books etc. Maths puzzles are then texted to them onto a mobile phone in the room, and if they don’t answer in the given time, or they get the answer wrong, the walls close in, a few inches at a time.
Like i said, the idea is good, the actors believable, and it is interesting trying to solve the puzzles yourself and getting to know the characters and their backgrounds. The main issue is there are far too many “saw that coming a mile off” moments, and weather its because of my vast knowledge of twisty headfuck movies, or not, the many plot twists weren’t twists, and felt a bit of a cop out. Shame really, because i really wanted to enjoy this, but sadly it was quite average