Compliance (2012)

logoDirector: Craig Zobel

Writer: Craig Zobel (Screenplay)

Starring: Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Philip Ettinger, Ashlie Atkinson, Bill Camp


Plot: In the world of fast food restaurant employees speed is everything. When restaurant manager Sandra (Dowd) gets a phone call from an officer Daniels (Healy) the day is going to change forever. Officer Daniels has a report that young employee Becky (Walker) has stolen money from a customer; Sandra has to help perform Police duties.


Pep talk before work
Pep talk before work

Verdict: An uncomfortable true story of how stupid some people can be.

Story: The story itself is very uncomfortable to see unravel and once we see what the ‘officer’ is doing while making the phone call it becomes even more awkward. The fact that it is a true story of what happened in fast food restaurants through American makes it disturbing and the fact we don’t learn too much about the characters makes it feel even more like an everyday routine for the characters. What you are left with is wondering how far the ‘officer’ can make the people go before the truth is uncovered. (8/10)


Actor Review: Ann Dowd – Restaurant manager who has pressure of her own to worry about, who tries to make the police incident go away as fast as possible. Good performance showing that when you are worrying about things in a work place you don’t stop and ask the most obvious questions. (8/10)


Actor Review: Dreama Walker – Young employee who maintains her innocence throughout the interrogations and her willingness to not be found guilt means she will do anything to prove her innocents. This is a brave performance from the young actress being put through many difficult predicaments. (8/10)


Actor Review: Pat Healy – The officer on the other end of the phone whose fantasies unfold through the phone calls and humiliation of the girls. Pat creates a brilliant convincing chilling performance of how easy it is to manipulate people using the right identity. (9/10)


Director Review: Craig Zobel – Creates a chilling film with many awkward scenes that just become more disturbing knowing the truth about the incident. (8/10)


Thriller: Keeps you guessing to what the caller will make the girl do next. (9/10)

Believability: It looks unbelievable but the fact is that it is a true story. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: None (0/10)

Settings: Good setting putting creating an atmosphere in a tight space. Having nearly all the scenes in the backroom of a fast food restaurant showing some of the most disturbing stories happen in a very real world setting. (8/10)
Oscar Chances
: no

Chances of Sequel: Could be exploited into a franchise but no direct sequel.

Suggestion: When people come to talking about films sometimes the conversation leads to some of the hardest films to watch be it for violence or gore, this offers something different to discuss with the uncomfortable so I would suggest to people who like to see difficult to watch films but don’t like violence. This is not for casual film fans. (Try It)


Best Part: The real feel behind the scenario.

Worst Part: How stupid the people involved seem to be.

Trivia: Based on true events.


Overall: A disturbing thriller


Rating 81

One comment

  1. Good review Darren. What this film discusses is very true and painfully real, however though, the movie itself does seem to lose quite a bit of steam when they decide to actually put the focus on “the caller”. Not saying that that move hasn’t been done before in other movies, but it isn’t used very well here.

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