La Habitación de Fermat (Fermat's Room)
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La Habitación de Fermat (Fermat's Room)
A group of motley math experts must solve problems at lightning speed to avoid being squashed into oblivion in writer-director Luis Piedrahita's mindbending thriller Fermat's Room. The story begins with a handsome, twentysomething intellectual, Galois (Alejo Sauras) banking off the success of solving an intimidating mathematical enigma known as Goldbach's theorem. Galois then receives an invitation from the mysterious stranger Fermat (Federico Luppi) who invites both him and several other intellectuals to a set location in a warehouse, with the stated intention of having them… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The maths element of the film, which on the surface is its USP, feels like dressing on a taut but tawdry genre thriller."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"... a cerebral thriller with a different kind of locked-room mystery."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"An ingenious Spanish thriller about maths, sex, ambition and dog poo."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Maths boffins + twist of mystery - patchy ending = uneven thriller."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"It's all done with style, with very little of the strain you might expect from filming in such a restricted environment."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"The filmmakers have us hooked with a terrific mystery and the challenge of a good puzzle."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Fermat's Room appears to be about maths, but it's more of a whodunnit, and a surprisingly watchable one at that."
‑ Anne Wollenberg, Filmstar Magazine
"The diabolical m.o. in these things is never really satisfactory, and even the fun of the conceit is somewhat muffled by the film's lurid colour design and headachey close-ups."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"God knows I'm no maths genius but even I can spot that if all four hydraulic presses are pushing the walls inwards at once they would simply jam."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"A confidently shot, fast-paced first feature."
‑ Jessica Holland, Little White Lies
"The best part is that, for once, it's a film about smart people."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This is an ingenious, relentlessly exciting film, a moral fable at once visceral and cerebral."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Tense and brainy. And thoroughly entertaining."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The high tension that should come with a race-against-time scenario is never realised, and the film's solution to the enigma of who-what-and-why this all happened is disappointing."
‑ Cosmo Landesman, Times [UK]
"The possibility of being squished to a pulp always focuses the mind, although, as this by-the-numbers Spanish thriller proves, it doesn't necessarily make arithmetic any more interesting."
‑ Chris Prince, Sky Movies
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