The plot of Compliance is so incredulous that it is hard to swallow, making it all the more tragic as it is based on actual events. After the darkly glib satire Great World of Sound Craig Zobel turns the heat up with Compliance, way up.
In his 2007 Great World of Sound Zobel took a look at those who would attempt to profit from others dreams and blurred the lines between fact and fiction in doing so, whilst there are some similarities with his take on Compliance - this time he goes straight for the jugular. For a film set mainly in the small back office of a fast food outlet it will grip you more than any horror film Hollywood could cook up.
|Compliance Film Poster|
Compliance is a provocative and deeply disturbing study of the human condition and all the more tragic as it "all" actually happened. My wife knew nothing about Compliance going in and couldn't believe that anything like it could happen when she discovered it was based on real events.
|Compliance Dreama Walker Becky's day just got a whole lot worse|
Inspired by true events, Compliance unfolds over a busy day in a fast food restaurant when a prank caller convinces a manager that one of her employees has committed a theft and that she will need to be interrogated. What follows is both shocking and thought provoking as the manager and her gullible staff and friends are persuaded to participate in the degradation and humiliation of the innocent Becky.
|Compliance Bill Camp as Van|
|Compliance Pat Healy as Officer Daniels|
|Compliance Ann Dowd as Sandra|
As a whole Compliance is a disturbing and gripping thriller that will leave a sour stain, initially I thought Zobel seemed to struggle with the more human aspects of his characters, leaving their thoughts and motivations to interpretation - like the huge gaps in Becky's arc from upset employee to compliance - however with hindsight this may have been the most powerful tool in his director's belt, as events play out with a subtle authenticity forcing one to engage their minds interpreting events portrayed, rather than be muddied with dramatisation, emotion and leery sensationalism. Whilst this is food for thought afterwards, it interrupts the storytelling as it takes place.
|Compliance a desperate Dreama Walker as Becky in apron|
Compliance is in cinemas from this Friday 22 March, 2013
Director: Craig Zobel
Writer: Craig Zobel
Stars: Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy
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