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Compliance [Blu-ray] [2013]

Ann Dowd , Matt Servitto , Craig Zobel    To Be Announced   Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ann Dowd, Matt Servitto, Dreama Walker
  • Directors: Craig Zobel
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Aug 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BJ0RI4G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,958 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Based on over 70 incidents that took place in the USA, Compliance recounts this chilling true story in which the line between obedience and manipulation is hauntingly blurred.

On a particularly busy day at a Ohio fast food joint, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd - Garden State) receives a phone call from a police officer, informing her that an employee, a pretty young blonde named Becky (Dreama Walker of Gossip Girl & The Good Wife) has stolen money from a customer.

Convinced she's only doing what's right, Sandra commences the investigation, following instructions from the officer at the other end of the line, no matter how invasive they become. As we watch, we ask ourselves two questions: “Why don’t they just say no?” and the more troubling, "Am I certain I wouldn't do the same?"

The cast delivers startlingly authentic performances that make the appalling events unfolding onscreen all the more difficult to watch – but impossible to turn away from.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I am interested in why normally good and rational people can act in horrible, often irrational ways due to their desire to comply with an authority figure and/or group or peer pressure. This movie deals with the former and to some extent the latter and does so competently.

I would anticipate that many who watch this film will wonder how someone impersonating a police officer could pursuade so many people (including the victim herself) to follow his every instruction, however outrageous, invasive and obviously ridiculous it might seem. Personally, I frequently found myself often shaking my head in disbelief that people of even limited intelligence would allow themselves to be duped so badly, to the point of taking away another person's liberty and dignity (amongst other things).

But clearly the fact that it is all so unbelievable is the point of the movie. If in fact things like this have happened in real life, as the director claims in the extras accompanying the Blu-ray version and as news reports suggest, the fact that these things are so utterly unbelievable only goes to show what we as people are capable of. I am not sure how much of what the movie shows happened in the actual cases on which it is based and how much of it was embellished or made up for dramatic effect. However, I suppose if many of us will administer what we believe are lethal doses of electricity to test subjects because someone posing as a scientist tells us to, we will do pretty much anything.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable On A Number Of Fronts 11 Dec 2013
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Craig Zobel's 2012 film (based on real-life events) charting the humiliation of an Ohio fast-food worker at the hands of a crank phone caller (impersonating the police), with the 'support' of work colleagues (and associates), is not a film you're likely to forget in a hurry. Certainly, for me, it will be forever etched in my memory as the film (seen at the 2012 London Film Festival) prompting more walkouts (with leavers muttering, or in some cases shouting, obscenities and encouragements to leave as they departed) than I have seen for any film. And whilst I do have some sympathy with the view that Zobel's film is at times exploitative (and might even encourage someone to mimic 'Officer Daniels' cruel prank, if not certainly bask in its prurience), it is also for me a brilliant piece of film-making and actually very enlightening (if not educational) in terms of the fallibility of the human condition and the 'power of authority'.

Purely from a cinematic perspective Zobel's film is impressive. Adam Stone's cinematography conveys the fast-food store's sense of claustrophobia, as well as highlighting the film's 'moral dilemma' by cutting to the mundanity of daily operations as Dreama Walker's Becky suffers during her ordeal. Similarly, Heather McIntosh's sparse and atmospheric soundtrack exacerbates the unsettling nature of proceedings. Acting-wise, Zobel's cast are uniformly excellent. Ann Dowd is particularly good as the officious, duped restaurant manager, Sandra; Walker delivers a powerful turn as the initially dumbfounded, but eventually numbed, victim, whilst both Bill Camp and Pat Healy are both impressive as, respectively, the drunken (eventually regretful) exploiter, Van, and the coercive, but frighteningly convincing, 'prankster', 'Officer Daniels'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DO YOU HAVE WALTER RALEIGH IN A CAN? 22 April 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
The era of crank phone calls has sure taken a twist. When fast food restaurant manager (Ann Dowd) gets a phone call from someone identifying himself as policeman, she springs into action. Young Becky is accused of stealing from a customer. The assistance of the manager and others in this matter grows until it becomes inane. The film brings light to the problem of serial strip search crank calls...something I didn't know existed. This film is based on the Mount Washington, Kentucky incident which BTW was a McDonald's.

The film acting was okay. There is a high perv factor whenever you force a young girl to be stripped searched. Unfortunately this is pretty much the entire film as there is no real subplot to entertain us. This is one of those pervert films masquerading as something that makes a statement such as "Shame." Watch it. Enjoy it. Disturbing? Thought provoking? Oh Please. It's soft core porn.

Parental Guidance: F-bombs, nudity (Dreama Walker).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost too painful to watch 21 Sep 2013
I've seen a lot of horror movies that are supposed to be scary and yet there aren't many that are as difficult to sit through as this. It was truly horrible - mainly because it's (almost completely) true (I checked online and apparently this really happened almost word for word in a McDonalds restaurant in Kentucky, USA).

`Compliance' is basically about a prank call, where a man - pretending to be a police officer - phones a fast food restaurant, claiming one of the employees has stolen some money. What follows is psychological manipulation from him, as he gets the staff to make the employee's life more and more uncomfortable.

Part of the problem with choosing to watch a film like this is that you'll find yourself (just like I did), constantly screaming at the characters on screen not to be so absolutely stupid. However, stupid they were in real life, so I guess the worst part about this is that people in real life obviously don't question authority.

You won't enjoy this film - even if you like it (and I did in some ways). It's not a film that's meant to be enjoyed; it's there to show us just how easy it is to fool some people with minimal evidence to support their story. If you think that you can sit through an hour and a half of total - real life - torture of an innocent (if slightly naïve) girl then Compliance makes an interesting tale. It is a good film, but in a weird, unbelievably shocking kind of way.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh my lord
Oh my lord this has to be one of the most irritating films I have ever seen and its all true, and they call the Human Race the most intellent species well If this happen let's say... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dross.
Slow, ridiculous and however true not remotely enjoyable in either an entertaining or thought provoking way. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars shocking
watch the you tube story after the movie, very surprised at how this was carried out and how often too.
Published 4 months ago by michael rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting...
If you're interested in human beings and how those with perceived power can manipulate the weaker, then this is an interesting watch. Uncomfortable, though...
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