Wednesday, March 6, 2013


I wanted to see Compliance for one reason, Pat Healey. I thought he was great in The Innkeepers, and he's an entertainingly cynical cat on Twitter, so I figured, might as well check out his next flick. Well, it's on Netflix now, unbeknownst to me until a couple days ago, so I gave it a watch. 

In a nutshell, Compliance is a movie based on true events, in which a manager at a fast food joint gets a random call from a person claiming to be from the police department, regarding a possible theft by an employee earlier that day. The man on the phone begins to make one strange request after another, having the manager (Ann Dowd) search her employee, a young girl who works a register out front (Dreama Walker), among other things. While she isn't particularly comfortable with what she's being asked to do, the man on the phone insists that she comply, otherwise she would be guilty of obstruction of justice.

Ok, so here's the thing with Compliance. Who falls for this shit?! How stupid are these people? It's not that it's a bad movie, it's just that I can't fathom there's anybody this stupid, let alone a group of people who would allow themselves to be caught up in this. People, I'm probably more afraid of incarceration than anybody else you've ever known. I know what happens to people like me in prison, and well, I wouldn't enjoy any of that, so I'm not going to be doing anything that may land me in trouble with the authorities. That being said, if I was a manager somewhere, and an adult, there's no way in Hell I would ask a teenage employee to remove their clothes so I could search them just because a guy on the phone told me he was a cop, and it was ok if I did it. The fuck? 

As for the reason I was interested to begin with, Pat Healey plays the guy on the phone impersonating thut e policeman, so he mainly exists as a somewhat monotone voice on a phone. I suppose he does a decent enough job, but as the voice of a creeper, it's hard to say I enjoyed his performance. 

Compliance does it's best to convey a feeling of uneasiness, but It's just such an unbelievable situation that I couldn't get in to the movie at all. I guess these morons exist, but well, so do the morons on Honey BooBoo, and I don't watch that shit either.


J. Astro said...
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J. Astro said...

Never saw the movie but have read a bit about it and read some reviews, and I gotta say you hit my initial reaction to this supposedly-true story right on the head. Hard as fuck to believe, and even if it is true, probly not that fun to watch anyway. Dumb people suck enough in my day to day life as it is, without me going out of my way to watch them suck in movies, too.