Four brilliant people have to use their smarts to save their own lives in this unconventional thriller. Galois (Alejo Sauras) is a celebrated young mathematician who has become something of a celebrity after solving a notoriously difficult… More Four brilliant people have to use their smarts to save their own lives in this unconventional thriller. Galois (Alejo Sauras) is a celebrated young mathematician who has become something of a celebrity after solving a notoriously difficult theoretical equation. Galois is invited to attend a special meeting with three celebrated colleagues by the wealthy and enigmatic Fermat (Federico Luppi), and when he arrives, he's introduced to Hilbert (Lluis Homar), Pascual (Santi Millan) and Oliva (Elena Ballesteros), all of whom are using pseudonyms assigned to them by Fermat. Not long after the four have sat down at a table, Fermat steps out after receiving an emergency phone call, and shortly afterward the mathematicians receive an electronic message with a logic problem they're asked to solve. They soon discover that the stakes for a wrong answer are higher than they imagined; the four walls of the room are attached to powerful hydraulic presses, and if they can't give the correct answers in time the room will begin to close in, crushing the four inside. As Galois, Hilbert, Pascaul and Olivia try to answer the equations in time, they struggle to figure out who Fermat is and why he's brought them together. La Habitacion de Fermat (aka Fermat's Room) was the first feature film from the writing/directing team of Luis Piedrahita and Rodrigo Sopena.
Consensus: This stylish yet disappointingly predictable Spanish thriller is never as exciting or ingenious as it hopes to be.