Thursday, 28 March 2013

Compliance (Craig Zobel, 2012)

by guest blogger Jay Kennedy.

Cast: Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Bull Camp, James McCaffrey and Ashlie Atkinson

Summary: When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no-one is left unharmed. Based on true events.

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

What would you do if someone told you that the law would back you up? How far would you go, knowing, it's cool, totally legal dude! Compliance is that story. Terrifying enough and what follows makes this film a horror story.

So we have burger flippin' teens taking orders from a manager who's taking orders from a regional manager, doing their everyday thing that happens in a mundane burger joint. Then the phone rings. It's a police man calling to inform the manager that Becky, the plucky counter girl, has just swiped cash out of a purse and to help in the investigation, management must detain her.

So what do you do? That's the movie for the next 90 minutes. What would you do if you were handed off the phone and the officer said, you have to strip search this person. You have to remove her under pants. You have to make certain she obeys you.

It's shocking, terrifying and worst of all, based on true events. It's a busy night in the burger place, so the phone is passed from one employee to the next, to the next until a major crime occurs and you are left staring at the screen, jaw agape horrifyingly uncomfortable.

The films actors are all fantastic. The premise, though simple, is completely brilliant. And don't be surprised to find yourself thinking, what would I do, then screaming "STOP! STOP! STOP!" at the screen more than once. This is more than a film, it's a study in what we do when we think we're in the right and our asses are on the line. See this movie and be as amazed as I was.

Perfect for: Guys & Gals with half a brain
One Final Word: Dyn-O-mite

Jay Kennedy is the author of WUT UP MOVIES and is a lover of all things film! Basically he’s just another fan like you! Along with writing reviews he loves to rhyme off Top 10 lists and his favourite flick of all time is Jaws!

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