The Method (El Metodo)
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The seven candidates are taken to a room with a monitor and keyboard for each, and then the games begin! The process resembles many of the reality shows you can see on TV, with one candidate being eliminated in each round. In Trump's "The Apprentice" the person leaving gets the phrase "You're fired", in this case, the monitor shuts down and an electronic voice says "It's over". But even though the concept is not completely original, the personalities of the candidates, and the design of the process give this film enough elements to make it worthwhile.
The candidates are the key to this film. Julio is a lawyer and economist who seems to be overqualified for the position, but carries some baggage from the past. Ricardo is the first one to get annoyed by all the nonsense, like having to fill forms that they have filled before in the process. If you have ever had to fill forms in a doctor's office, that ask for duplicate information, you will certainly sympathize with him. Nieves is an attractive young woman who seems to know exactly what she wants, and she has met Carlos, who is another candidate, in her previous life. Carlos is a young economist who has as much drive as all the other candidates put together and who will stop at nothing to achieve his goal.Read more ›
I saw this last night at an AFI screening and am still mulling over it. There are great performances in what is essentially a filmed play. The camera work is fantastic, as it picks up glances and stares between the characters that forcefully communicate messages of "I can't believe you just did that do me," disappointment, contempt, love, etc. You laugh out-loud at times, but ultimately you are devastated by the recognizeable, frightening visciousness.
Although this film is an allegory, it would also be a great center-piece for a business school course on organizational behavior.
The first surprise of the movie, is that the applicants are placed in the role of interviewer, they will be eliminating their competition and in the process selecting the companies new employee but they must do this in a manner that makes they look like the best choice. Then they learn that one of them is actually an employee of the company sent to observe them.
They must eliminate this person, but who is it?
As a Manager in a Fortune 100 company, I was shocked to learn that I had somehow missed the usage of the Gronholm Method, as I watched, I saw it was a twist to the stress interview. A format used to put the candidate in the most stressful circumstances possible and see if they can withstand the pressure. We later find out that the Human Resources people made up the term to intimidate the candidates.
The psychological potholes these people must navigate are varied yet slowly reveal their true motivations and character flaws to those with whom they are competing.
In the midst of watching each candidate create ways to make another competitor look bad, there are funny twists amidst the fracas.
It definitely had the "Wow Factor", holding true to the basic character of corporate backstabbing, this movie shows that one often sells their soul for a nice title and a healthy salary. At the end of the day, we wonder is it worth the cost?
This movie is a must see for those who like psychological dramas and a well-developed plot line.
A good movie to show teenagers, to prepare them on what they should expect in the "working" world.
contained surprises at every step. I first saw this film at the Palm Springs film festival. I liked it so well I watched it again on Netflix. That experience convinced me that I wanted my own copy. I'm glad I bought it.
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Terrific acting and a taut, boardroom drama. Almost all the action takes place on one set, enclosed, rather claustrophobic, but very effective. Good script, direction and acting.Published on January 2, 2013 by Martini
A psychological drama of being rejected by other work-seekers and betrayed by the loved preferring money and social status rather than family values of a modern world. Read morePublished on April 13, 2009 by Michael Kerjman
This movie sat on my shelf for a half a year. While it seemd to have a list of great actors, I couldn't quite get in the mood for a movie that promised to be a lot of talk and not... Read morePublished on December 25, 2008 by Amazon Customer
Based on the play, "El Metodo Gronholm," "The Method" is an intelligent film that argues for the condemnation of morally-bankrupt multinational corporations. Read morePublished on June 14, 2008 by Baking Enthusiast
A group of job applicants gather in a board room for a group job interview that only one of them will pass. Read morePublished on April 14, 2008 by Genevieve Hayes
"The Method" begins with a group of executive job candidates arriving at an office to interview for an open executive position. Read morePublished on March 9, 2008 by Jamesthejiveturkey
In the tradition of "No Exit" and "Twelve Angry Men," "The Method" gathers a small group of people into a single room to observe what happens when they are forced to spend an... Read morePublished on November 17, 2007 by Roland E. Zwick
This is ceratinly a well documented filmed play.
The intense psychological ressure is so well carried out that is just imposible to watch it relaxed, indeed this is not... Read more