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2.9
835 Ratings

Compliance

Directed by Craig Zobel
United States, 2012
Drama, Thriller, Crime

Synopsis

When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no-one is left unharmed. Based on true events.

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Compliance Directed by Craig Zobel
Compliance resists simply wallowing in our collective vileness, and mercifully avoids that pat movie cliché of implying audience complicity in voyeurism and abuse… Through nuanced performances and a thoughtful script, Zobel asks us to recognise subtle reasons for each character to behave the way he or she does, and demands that we acknowledge the ambiguous responsibility for what is effectively a rape by proxy.
March 22, 2013
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Payne’s own instructive middle-American patois (“I don’t think it’s right to see a lady like this in the buff”) reveals Compliance’s most effective idea: that it’s not just the absolution to a vague concept of capital-A authority that threatens to demagnetize an otherwise decent person’s moral compass, but the way that loose American values like decency and folksiness can work to further obscure that authority.
January 22, 2013
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To depict this thorny situation with acuity, Compliance becomes something more than an effective tale of everyday horror, emerging as an urgent indictment of the greatest danger in our Western democracies: the tendency of citizens to willingly give up their critical capacity.
November 01, 2012
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