Movie Review – Fermat’s Room AKA La Habitación de Fermat (2007)

Movie Review - Fermat's Room AKA La Habitación de Fermat (2007)Synopsis:
Four mathematicians who do not know each other are invited by a mysterious host on the pretext of resolving a great enigma. The room in which they find themselves turns out to be a shrinking room that will crush them if they do not discover what connects them all and why someone might wish to murder them.

Directors: Luis Piedrahita, Rodrigo Sopeña
Country: Spain

It seems like, lately these days, there seems to be a new subgenre of the horror / thriller genre entitled Math Horror. Perhaps the first installment into this subgenre would be Vincenzo Natali’s Cube, which is an amazing film. More recently, we have the thriller Exam which fell into this subgenre as well.

Fermat’s Room is a Spanish Horror / Thriller movie which is basically another variation of the theme used in Cube, and while it did not have the same charm that Cube did, I was very intrigued by Fermat’s Room. While it was missing the originality of Cube, it did have some original features of its own and it had loads of suspense. I was glued to the screen wanting to knowing what the next twist to the story was going to be. It was also nowhere near as bloody as Cube was, but for such a smart film, we can let that go.

Perhaps I am a Math nerd, but the Math problems presented were a very interesting method to introduce one of the coolest aspects of the movie. Basically, a Math problem was presented and the characters had a limited time to figure out the solution. If the problem was not solved in time, the room’s four walls began to compress until every inside was crushed.

All the while, you knew that there was something more going on in the film, and during the reveal, you were not let down. Almost nothing in the movie is as it seems, and because of the strong performances, the crisp editing and the quick pacing, you are all-in for the ride and should love every moment of the thrill ride that is Fermat’s Room.

Have you seen Fermat’s Room? If so, post your thoughts.