Compliance 2012 - An Indie Masterpiece! (by nickmesafilms)
In a year filled with comic book movies, R-rated comedies, and plenty of disappointments and "stinkers", now is the time to actually take a break from that, and take the time to dig deeper into the real world where we take a look at a small-budget independent gem that has met complete controversy at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where some audience members actually walked out during the screening, and there were shouting matches that occurred during the Q&A session. "Compliance" is that type of movie, for sure. Besides, there's no surprise, because <more>
"Compliance" is one of the most affective and thought-provoking movies I've ever seen, and it's also one of the best films of the year! Based on actual events, "Compliance" is set at a fast-food restaurant at a normal work day, where the manager gets a call from a man who presents himself as a police officer, who called to let her know that one of her employees has committed a crime. After sending the suspected employee in the back room, the officer's requests over the phone end up becoming more personal, inappropriate, and often strange. We then start to realize that this call may not be what it really is. As you probably know, "Compliance" is based on actual events that involve the strip search prank call scam. If you did research on this topic, it shows that the events portrayed in the film are 100% true. Over 70 similar incidents like these, have been occurring in 30 U.S. states. The movie is so painfully accurate to this particular topic, and we are left on the edge of our seats, with our jaws dropped and our adrenaline pumping, until reaching to the point where we just can't watch it anymore. Don't think of "Compliance" as an entertaining movie, because this is a serious and realistic vision of a crime that has occurred in almost all of the U.S., and we are left just shouting at the screen, and later becoming affected after watching the events portrayed in the film. Writer-director Craig Zobel has given the audience a realistic and memorable script that perfectly captures the darkness of this horrible incident, and how it will affect others who finally understand how serious a situation like this is really like. As for the cast, this movie delivers some of the best performances of the entire year. Ann Dowd is terrific as the engaged fast-food manager, Dreama Walker is wonderful as the employee who's falsely accused of committing a crime, and Pat Healy delivers the stand-out performance as the caller, disguised as a police officer. The cinematography makes the movie look beautiful, the directing is top-notch, and the finale is one of the most powerful jaw-dropping conclusions ever put to film. I hope that people will walk out of "Compliance", leaving themselves with several thoughts and questions. I also hope that this will affect all audiences, by showing them how dangerous the real world can be. "Compliance" is the movie that everybody will never forget, and it's one of 2012's best films. "Compliance", in my review, "emotionally affective, realistic, and thought-provoking".
It would be garbage if it were not a true story (by nsg666)
On the 1st February 2014 author bunnywuv reviewed this film with a heading Stop! Strip search time... and rated it 1 out of 10.Except for one large point I agree with everything they say in their review effectively that the film is totally implausible and unbelievable. BUT this film is based on true events. Now many films claim this only to be a loose interpretation and highly fictionalised version of the actual events. Today I Googled "what is the film compliance based on" and found another movies web site that shows the actual CCTV footage of the real life event along with clips <more>
of interviews with the victim and the manager. Dig this out and you'll find it as disturbing as the film itself.As for the rating, I've given it 10 not because I enjoyed the film but because I don't want to bring down the average score. No one should like this film but, and only because it is based on true events, it does make compelling viewing.
Great, ignorance in all of it's glory.... (by wizzworldwide)
Movie is very simple but very effective, for most viewers probably boring but those are smart as people who bought this prank.. Acting is very plausible, but directing and camera work is little amateurish.. All in all, very watchable because fact that this is for real stunned me.. In fact it's too weird even to be fictional and no one would buy it.. In first my thinking was that this is too much, even for Americans, although.. I mean how stupid person must be to go that far based on a phone call.. It happened 70 times, come on seriously?? This movie should be mandatory for all and you <more>
should screen it in schools.. And you Americans should put in constitution that people with IQ lower then 50 can't be in charge at any work that involves other people.. Shame I don't live in US, probably I would make millions daily over the phone..
"Compliance" is a shockingly terrifying film. As I watched the events unfold on the screen, knowing that they were tightly based off a true story, I had difficulty maintaining my breathing. With a sinister visual style from the start, filled with tight macro shots and a simply greasy aura, as well as powerful performances from all of the cast members, most exceptionally Ann Dowd, "Compliance" transcends from its fast-food setting into something much darker, and much more haunting. The abuse of the young cashier is repulsive. "How could you do that?!" you will <more>
continually wonder, wishing the words would escape your head in the form of a scream. This film is frustrating, vexing, and equally engrossing, almost as if the story itself doesn't satisfy man's need for vicarious horror. "Compliance" forces me to question my fate in humanity and the limits of the 7 billion people with whom I share this Earth. Ultimately this film is a sickening narrative, a narrative I might as well wish I had never seen. Must you watch this? No. Is this a vital piece of cinema? No. Is "Compliance" paralyzing, appalling, thought provoking, and, most brutally, true? More than you could ever imagine.
It should leave you feeling sad and disgusted! (by Hellmant)
'COMPLIANCE': Four and a Half Stars Out of Five This is the type of movie that will really leave a lot of viewers feeling disgusted and 'dirty'! It had that effect on me and many others, as there have been reports of multiple viewers walking out on screenings of the film frustrated and appalled by what they were seeing . I was utterly depressed after watching it and felt that way on and off for several days after viewing the movie because of it. To me that's the sign of a well made film. It doesn't mean I liked or enjoyed the movie, those are entirely different <more>
things, but I do respect it as the quality dramatic thriller that it is.The story is based on true events in which a prank call leads to the manipulated sexual harassment and more of an employee at a fast food restaurant in a small town. The prank caller Pat Healy pretends to be a police officer and convinces the manager of a ChickWich chain restaurant Ann Dowd that one of her employees Dreama Walker has stolen money from a customer's purse. He then convinces the manager to strip search the employee and get other employees involved. The situation continues to escalate and become more and more disturbing as new people are brought in and manipulated throughout the day. It's based on a series of nearly 60 similar crimes around the US believed to be perpetrated by the same individual , most specifically the McDonald's case in Bullitt County.The movie is extremely shocking and at times the actions of the characters seem too unbelievable to be true, but they are, which makes the movie all that harder to watch. Some have called it the 'most disturbing movie ever' but unlike something like 'THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE' this movie actually has a point and something to learn and take away from it. It's a fantastic character and psychological study and the performances are all exceptional. Ann Dowd is particularly impressive in the lead but if there is one weak link I'd say it's Dreama Walker I wasn't entirely convinced by her at times . For the most part the characters are very believable and feel like people we all really know. It's the writer and director's, Craig Zobel, second film and he really seems like a filmmaker to watch for. Like I said it's definitely a hard film to watch and since it does do it's job right it should leave you feeling sad and disgusted. To be an honest critic you can't judge a movie on how much you liked it, or base your review on other personal biases, you have to rate it on how well it does what it set out to do. This is an exceptionally well made film!Watch our movie review show 'MOVIE TALK' at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v GmQgAuI0jpQ&feature gp-n-y
This movie is AWESOME! An unknown jewel! (by Topaz1922)
Let me just say that I wasn't expecting what I saw! After the first 10 minutes, my mouth was opened throughout the entire movie! My first thought was "How in the hell do they know that he is a cop?" and the second question that I kept asking myself was "Why not just say no to the cop?" We all know that cops aren't perfect and some have some sick and unethical behaviors and although we fear them to a point, we gotta use common sense when it comes to ethical situations like this.I was amazed that this movie was based on true events. I had never heard anything about <more>
this in the news. Although the plot was simple and the characters were mostly restricted to the back room of a fast food restaurant, this movie was worthy of hitting the theaters due to the content and nature of it. Everyone needs to see this movie. I loved it!
I saw this today at the Traverse City Film Festival. About 1/4 of the audience walked out before the film ended. I do not disagree that the movie is difficult to watch, but I think you can hardly review a movie where you walked out without seeing the entire film. This film makes an important and real point... that many of us will, when listening to what we assume to be an authority figure, do things which we know are wrong. It also has two characters who say in one way or another "No, I will not do this." Bravo for them and may each of us feel empowered to do the same, if not by our <more>
own ethical standards, then by viewing this movie and realizing how devastating the consequences can be. One would like to be able to say "No one could be so stupid" but the fact that this type of event involving, reportedly, even more degrading assaultive behavior than portrayed in this film has happened repeatedly in this country over 70, according to the closing credits shows that wish to be untrue. I hope every young person will view this film and be brave enough to refuse any authority figure who makes demands on them which seem to go beyond the bounds of the law and good sense. And don't ever talk to a law officer in detail without your attorney being present and no, I am not a lawyer.
Compliance is a difficult film to watch. But it is also riveting, fascinating and important. And it is also a film that probably should be shown in every high school classroom in the US and Canada. It is essential viewing.Why should a film that is so uncomfortable to watch that some people walked out on it but also should be essential viewing?Because people have to understand that it is sometimes necessary to question authority. The film touches a nerve. It touches a nerve with the moral dilemma that each of the characters are presented with from not only Becky who is the prime target of the <more>
prank but also for Sandra, Van, Phillip, and each of the rest of the employees of Chick-Which which we understand was a stand in for MacDonalds . It touches a nerve on how each one of them reacts to the situation and how some think there is something wrong but do nothing or how just because it is supposed to be a person of authority on the other end of the phone that one has to do what you are told.My son who is 19 was with us with when we saw the film. He immediately after the film told us that a class he took at his arts school in high school were presented with the situations depicted in Compliance. They discussed it in class. This was before the release of the film.It is exactly this reason as to why this film should be shown in high school and discussed. Grant you there will be many who reject this premise because it presents a very uncomfortable situation and the film shows nudity and clearly implies sexual abuse. But what the film really shows is the importance of questioning authority when it doesn't make any sense. Taking this to its extreme is where one is handed a gun by a person of authority and told to kill in their presence another person and if they don't they too are killed but if you do carry out their instructions you live. That has happened think the Nazi's and will sadly probably happen again.But the key here is to get across to everyone that authority must be questioned. And in this case the ability to question the supposed authority who can't be seen and is merely someone saying they are the police that they absolutely have to be questioned.Finally someone did question the authority and then and only then did the entire prank unravel very quickly. Sadly not even the main victim questioned the authority although she tried and denied the allegations but at no point did she say I am sorry you can't do this to me and I want a lawyer now. And that I am entitled to a lawyer. People have to know their rights. And in the case of Compliance they didn't which made their pleas that they were innocent victims too seem all the more frightening.Watch this film. It is uncomfortable. Don't walk out because if you do then you shouldn't have gone in to see it in the first place. You too have that choice. But if you do walk out you missed the point of the film.
It is quite a pickle that she is in, in the fast food joint! Comply with this flick! It's a good one. (by meeza)
I am still not sure whether movie lovers will comply with Writer- Director's Craig Zobel controversial indie flick "Compliance". But if you can just comply with its sluggish pace in the film's first act, then I am sure you will find "Compliance" titillating; sort of speak. The movie is based on a true story of a prank caller pretending to be a police officer who convinces a female fast food restaurant manager to interrogate a young female employee who he states committed theft. "Compliance" digs deeper than just a simple interrogation. Ann Dowd stars as <more>
Sandra, the middle-age fast food manager. There is no doubt in my mind that Dowd's whopper of a performance as Sandra was sure king. Dreama Walker shines as the innocent Becky, the young employee who goes through a hellish "nightmare come true" due to the prank caller's deviant orders and also due to Sandra's gullible ways of not recognizing a prank. When the prank caller requests that Becky be strip-searched over and over again, that should have been a "non-compliance" red flag that something pranky is going on. I must comply with Zobel's impressive independent filmmaking in crafting "Compliance", even though I felt his screenplay could have used a little bit more fast food action, I mean fast verbal action; it was a bit bland. Nevertheless, Zobel was able to orchestrate the picture with a magnetic tone. There are numerous supporting characters that all play integral roles in the "Compliance" fiasco of Becky's ordeal; including Sandra's fiancée Van, and fast food employees young Kevin, and Assistant Manager Marti. But it is the villainous so-called Officer Daniels that creates the most impact. Pat Healy's performance as Daniels was riveting, and it complied with all the attributes required for a film villain. "Compliance" is no happy meal, and it's sometimes not easy to stomach; but after you digest it fully, I think you will be impressed even with a film that has so much distress. **** Good