Becky and Sandra aren't the best of friends. Sandra is a middle-aged manager at a fast-food restaurant; Becky is a teenaged counter girl who really needs the job. One stressful day (too many customers and too little bacon), a police officer calls, accusing Becky of stealing money from a customer's purse, which she vehemently denies. Sandra, overwhelmed by her managerial responsibilities, complies with the officer's orders to detain Becky. This choice begins a nightmare that tragically blurs the lines between expedience and prudence, legality and reason.
"Compliance" is a smart and stunning thriller that's even scarier because it's based on true events. I still can't tell if the most disturbing thing about this is the fact that it actually happened, or that the people involved were so blinded by the comfort of the "law" that they pushed the boundaries of everything humanely moral. Either way, the fear of being in this situation definitely haunts me and the disgusting, perverted nature of some people kills me.
One thing I liked is that the movie was well written. It moved at a nice pace and although I didn't really comprehend why they did some things the way they did, I still felt that they executed it really well. I don't agree with every action and direction they went with in this film, but they did a good job none the less.
The acting, for the most part, was solid. In all honesty though, I didn't love the acting, especially from the main actress. Dreama Walker was fine as the lead, but she had some awkward moments and lines that made her expendable. Ann Dowd was probably the top talent in this entire film, and I really appreciate the genuine emotion she brought with her role.
This film really explores the idea of how far people will go when they think they're doing the right thing. I don't know if you can chalk that more up to stupidity or what, as the situation was pretty questionable throughout. But it still makes for a disturbing theme that's scarier because it's real.
In the end, "Compliance" is a solid, independent thriller that deserves more recognition.
1) After 10 minutes, I will hang up the phone
2) I'll demand a officer on site before doing a strip search
3) I'll call my DM and her parents
The more I watch it, the more I want to say why is the manager so stupid. Leaving her with a stranger and allowing the strangers to smack her ass. Not notifying her parents and just kept following instructions until the janitor steps up What A BITCH the MANAGER is
Made all the more horrifying that this is a based on a true story film, in which not much was changed apparently. Yep everything from the striping to the forced oral sex. This film is a stark reminder that there really is evil in the world, and you don't have to go far to find it at times.