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Inspired by true events, Compliance tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. On a particularly busy day at a suburban Ohio fast food joint, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd) receives a phone call from a police officer saying that an employee, a pretty young blonde named Becky (Dreama Walker), has stolen money from a customer. Convinced she’s only doing what’s right, Sandra commences the investigation, following step-by-step instructions from the officer at the other end of the line, no matter how invasive they become.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 130
- Fresh: 116
- Rotten: 14
- Average Rating: 7.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Compliance is one of the toughest sits of the movie year 2012. But it's an uncompromising and, in its way, honorable drama built upon a prank call that goes on and on, getting worse and worse for the people on the other end of the line.
Fresh: Zobel, a second-time feature filmmaker, has put together a skillful, sympathetic but unsparing re-enactment of a small-scale atrocity, and his cast plays it out with natural, understated performances.
Fresh: This is a well-made film, with plausible performances by all the leads, especially Ann Dowd. We feel we know people like this.
Fresh: Like a John Hughes movie hijacked by Roman Polanski, this troubling indie effort lays bare the sadomasochism of the American workplace.
This movie was based on a true story of a fast food restaurant where this sick bastard
manipulated people into doing a parallel set of actions in the movie. Nothing sinister happens 10 minutes into the film. When it does happen it did not seem gratuitous to me. The scenes were tasteful yet powerful. Everyone listened to the man on the phone under the color of authority. This kind of thing happens a lot. (SPOILER SPOILER ALERT DO NOT READ AHEAD IF YOU DONT WANT TO KNOW)
At least one person had some courage and sense. I once took a class on discrimination. We were divided into groups ( my class) and asked to decide who we would sacrifice to the invading people. Under the color of authority we all chose to give up people in group instead of saying hey! we wont give up anyone.
This is part of the message of the movie I think.
It baffles me that people don't think this movie is raw perfection.
COMPLIANCE unearths the uneasiness we feel about those who have followed orders - even when those orders go against common moral principles. The film is calm, orderly, mundane (for a purpose) and ever so chilling. I don't want to give anything away, but I would suggest YOU NOT read about the true events the film is based upon, as it will be a spoiler. Also - great cast.