Compliance (2012)

Compliance (2012)
Running Time: 90 minutes

Photo Credit: Magnolia Pictures
Photo Credit: Magnolia Pictures

Directed by: Craig Zobel
Starring: Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Philip Ettinger

Compliance is based on a true story that is set in a fast food restaurant. One Friday night, the manager of Chick Wich, Sandra (Dowd) receives a phone call from a man claiming to be a policeman, Officer Daniels (Healy) who has a complaint that one of the female employees of the story has stolen money from a customer. Under the orders of Officer Daniels, Sandra takes the accused employee, Becky (Walker) to a back room. Once there, the caller manipulates Sandra and other gullible personnel to conduct various acts that they believe to be part of the protocol of a police investigation.

This film was refreshing to me. I absolutely fell in love with the acting of the few main leads, especially Ann Dowd who did a magnificent job at portraying the gullible and misguided store manager, and Dreama Walker seem so vulnerable at some scenes that you just couldn’t help but feel sorry for her, and feel anger towards the other employees who couldn’t seem to figure out the situation, and the perpetrator. Everything just felt so natural, so raw coming from the actors. Also, the movie was competently directed, and I think Zobel did a good job in not only directing the film, but also in creating the storyline.  I have to point out the score of the film was superb, it really set the pace and the mood of the entire film.

I can see now why the movie was so well received, and I’m really happy that this movie was created, not only will it create awareness of such prank calls that had been happening for years in the States, but also it questions the audience about how far are they willing to follow orders from an authoritative figure without questioning it at all. Overall, a great film!

Rating: 7 out of 10
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