Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Compliance - DVD Review

Starring Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy and Bill Camp. Directed by Craig Zobel.


This is a movie that should have been over at 20 minutes, then 30 minutes, then 40 minutes, and it keeps going.  99.999% of people that this would happen to would have stopped it long before it goes to where it goes.  When it was over I went to the internet to see just how loosely it was based on a real incident.  Turns out that in real life, it really did go this far.

It centers on a fast-food manager who gets a call from a man claiming to be a police officer, and he's accusing one of the register girls of stealing money out of a customer's purse.  The manager takes the employee to the back and goes through her purse, tells her to empty her pockets, all at the behest of the officer.  The girl's situation gets worse and worse as no one thinks to question the authority of the man on the phone.  It's an interesting observation of how far people will go to please an authority figure.  It's uncomfortable and squirm-inducing to sit through.

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