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Fermat's Room (2007)

Alejo Sauras , Lluis Homar , Luis Piedrahita , Rodrigo Sopena  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Alejo Sauras, Lluis Homar, Santi Millan
  • Directors: Luis Piedrahita, Rodrigo Sopena
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,749 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fermat's Room" on IMDb

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A mind bender --Cinematical

Ingenious --This Is London

Relentlessly exciting --The Guardian

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Four famed mathematicians, all strangers to one another, are invited to the remote home of a mysterious man known only as Fermat . Once there, they are locked in a room and given a series of logic puzzles that must be solved within one minute each. For each late answer, hydraulic presses will push the walls closer together. Why have they been placed in this elaborate death trap? What is their connection to each other? And for genius minds about to be brutally crushed, is staying alive the ultimate enigma? Federico Luppi (Guillermo Del Toro s CRONOS and PAN S LABYRINTH) and Lluís Homar (Almodóvar s BAD EDUCATION and BROKEN EMBRACES) star in the stunning Spanish thriller that The Daily Express calls ingenious and thoroughly entertaining. FERMAT S ROOM is a nail-biting fight for survival!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Puzzler February 11, 2011
These kinds of movies can be great fun. They're mystery thrillers that can keep the viewer involved and on their toes if done right. This one is done very well.

It's like "The Cube" meets "The Exam" meets "The Killing Room." All these movies have essentially one set with a fixed group of characters all needing to figure out the big puzzle. "Fermat's Room", like "The Cube" is math based and here the characters' lives are at stake, so knowing your stuff is essential. All have been invited to a location for what they think should be a fun evening in a sort of conference. They soon realize they are in a sealed room which gets smaller each time they answer a question incorrectly or later than the time allotment afforded them. Though not all of these characters are mathematicians, they all have particular expertise which can help them from getting crushed to death.

This is a fun movie. The brain teasers come at a fairly regular pace via an electronic device. Everything is done electronically and mechanically so there is no "person" to appeal to. And as each participant questions why they have been included in this death game a lot of secrets come out and a nifty cat and mouse game ensues.

The director and D.P. do a nice job of handling the single set. The actors are all good. The story and secrets unfold and an even pace and the brain teasers are engaging. This makes for a good time. This will not change your life but it should keep you thoroughly entertained throughout.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A four-star room on a 2-star DVD November 15, 2009
This Spanish thriller is clearly influenced by the movie "Saw," but brings more intelligence and many twists to the table. As the movie begins, four people who are skilled mathematicians receive a cryptic letter that leads them to an isolated building wherein they soon find themselves trapped, with walls that start to close in on them that can only be stalled by solving a variety of complex problems. Before too long, we begin to learn more about the backgrounds of the people involved, their complex connections, and the truth behind their captor in twists and reveals that are skillfully and increasingly tantalizingly dispersed to us. The movie features a taut pace so that, while the majority of the movie takes place in a single room, it never gets stale or tiresome, and while there are a few plot holes, the characters are well-defined and the structure of the story is strong, with a fairly satisfying ending (complete with a final wink to the audience).

Also, as the other reviews here have noted, while the people recruited in the movie specialize in mathematics, the challenges they're given to solve are not based in math, but more so in logic and probability. Yet, while some have taken issue with this, I think it makes complete sense, as math is not solely a field of numbers and the like, but deals more generally with problem-solving, logistics, probabilities, strategies, connections, and so on, and all of the problems they're given fall within these realms (we even see one of the people in the room playing chess in an early scene). Secondly, and more obviously, giving these people logic-based questions and challenges allows us to try to put our own intellects and abilities to the test rather than excluding us from the battle of wits.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Thank goodness for movie villains! I mean, really, why get caught up in the mundane crimes of real life when the big screen offers the most bizarre and intricately wrought murders imaginable? The loopy, yet fascinating, Spanish film "Fermat's Room" manages to combine all the drama of mathematics and logic puzzles with the delirious scheming of a "Saw"-like mastermind. Sounds like an unusual combination, to be sure, but that's part of the fun and insanity that make this one worth a look. "Fermat's Room," with its far-fetched plotting, may not withstand intense critical scrutiny--but if you just go with the flow, you might enjoy its simple pleasures.

As four brilliant mathematicians are invited to an exclusive and private challenge, they are unaware of the connections they share between them. Using aliases, the quartet meet nice and await an evening of mental stimulation. All is not as it seems, however, as soon the four are trapped in a locked room. But that's not the bad news! Unless they solve a continual stream of logic puzzles, the walls of the room will compress and crush them to death. I told you--only in the movies, huh? In addition to some fast and frantic puzzle solving, the participants also start to unravel their relationships and hope to identify the enigmatic madman who lured them to this certain death. And, oh yeah, they also try to escape.

I liked "Fermat's Room," I'll admit it. It isn't a great movie, by any stretch, but it is stylish entertainment. The premise is intriguing and the puzzles are fun. You can play along with many of them. They are, for the most part, logic based and many of them were quite familiar (hardly the thing to perplex geniuses--unless of course, they were getting squashed to death!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't disagree with the "pans" of "Room," but I liked it. September 22, 2010
I suppose at least partly because I had my expectations suitably lowered by the bad reviews that "Fermat's Room" received here, I actually ended up being very pleasantly surprised. The writing was much more clever than I'd been lead to believe, including a couple of very funny lines (one about a wolf and one about "the world," but I won't say more and ruin them) and a few nice twists. It wasn't the most blazingly original piece of film-making I've ever seen, but it was engaging and diverting.

To address the repeated criticism that the puzzles were of the too-familiar-for-experts variety...agreed, and if this were a documentary I would have to consider that a big issue. But this movie was made for the pleasure of the audience, and an average audience at that. For people like me who have seen some of these puzzles ad nauseum (the city of liars/city of truth-tellers one should be put to sleep by now) but still can never remember how they work (I think the hour-glass puzzle in "Room" and the water bucket puzzle in Die Hard with a Vengeance are probably the same, but for all I understand of how to solve the puzzle, it might as well be fresh each time it's presented). In other words, this movie was made for general audiences and not just mathaphiles.

But I understand the disappointment of those who come to this movie with higher expectations for a math-lover's treat. It's probably the same way I felt over the arc of the TV series,
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4.0 out of 5 stars While this film will never be a Cult Classic...
It is surely an entertaining film. It's about 4 mathematicians, all strange to each other,
are put in a room to solve riddles! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Great suspense - keep in mind, movie is in Spanish
A great mathematics movie. The plot builds as we learn about each character's motive. A story can only have suspense if we have an investment in the characters, which this movie... Read more
Published 7 months ago by sojourner_ed
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 'foreign film' !!! ...intriging plot ...puts you.. 'in the...
Most foreign films have those 'subs' where you 'read' the story (in your language) well since I
look at EVERYTHING being displayed [scenery, decor, human behavior~presented &... Read more
Published 7 months ago by IBCNU2
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Didn't get a chance to watch, it was a foreign movie :-( If I had known I wouldn't have ordered it, it sound very interesting, I was very disappointed ,& was reimbursed!
Published 10 months ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Math as Entertainment
Though the mathematical concepts used to launch suspense in this film are not highly advanced, the overall film is entertaining. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Anonymous
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for Horror fans.
Something makes me want to cradle this film in my arms and nurture it into a bigger budget film, in English, with a touch of gore, and genius Mathematical tests. Read more
Published on August 24, 2012 by Belinda Barchard
2.0 out of 5 stars This is in SPANISH
The information is a patent lie this is a spanish language film not english. I seldom enjoy foreign language films as when I am tired I may fall asleep instead of reading the... Read more
Published on October 15, 2011 by Benjamin P. Boyt
5.0 out of 5 stars A tantatlizing script for four brilliant minds
Four brilliant Mathematics virtuosi are invited to a strange room. Without knowing they will be trapped in this reduced space and comitted to anwer as fast as they can, the several... Read more
Published on December 21, 2010 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
5.0 out of 5 stars A puzzle piece of substance
Clever plotting and great acting. Keeps you guessing right to the final minute. Wouldn't you know such an intelligent story didn't come out of Hollywood! Read more
Published on November 1, 2010 by Wikileaker
3.0 out of 5 stars So much potential, one fatal flaw.
Fermat's Room (Luis Piedrahita and Rodrigo Sopena, 2007)

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Published on January 15, 2010 by Robert Beveridge
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