Nattawut Poonpiriya’s Bad Genius is a fun ride. The buzz around the film is so good, so the Fantasia Film Fest team added a screening.
A Math exam cheating story shot as a thriller? Yes!
In Bad Genius, Lynn is a gifted Math student who comes from humble background. In exchange of money, she helps a fellow student, from a wealthier family, by finding a (suspenseful) way to share with her the results to a difficult test. What is a sole effort eventually becomes a more elaborate scam involving an exam-cheating syndicate.
Final exams are filled with anxiety in many Asian countries. Pressure for success serves as a (really basic) social metaphor with (some) ethical questions about privileges, notably, and class differences (it becomes a bit moralistic toward the end).
But… With its cleverly shot suspenseful climax scenes, leading to even more elaborate schemes, expanding to a big score right from a classic heist movie, all edited with great focus on detail, and a sense for timing, Bad Genius is one of those films with superior entertainment value. Action!
Added Festival screening:
July 30 • 12:00 PM Salle J.A. De Sève (Concordia University)