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Compliance [Blu-ray] (2012)

Ann Dowd , Dreama Walker , Craig Zobel  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy
  • Directors: Craig Zobel
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009OCR1OI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,774 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Inspired by true events, COMPLIANCE tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. On a particularly busy day at a suburban Ohio fast food joint, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd) receives a phone call from a police officer saying that an employee, a pretty young blonde named Becky (Dreama Walker), has stolen money from a customer. Convinced she's only doing what's right, Sandra commences the investigation, following step-by-step instructions from the officer at the other end of the line, no matter how invasive they become.

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124 of 140 people found the following review helpful
Craig Zobel's powerful true story "Compliance" is one of those movies that almost dares you to look away. As a tense situation grows increasingly uncomfortable, the viewer becomes complicit as a voyeur and participant in a waking nightmare. Just as everyone on screen should know better and should display more sound judgement, you can't tear your eyes from the unbelievable and quite disturbing tale unfolding. It may be the most squirm inducing film of the year. Having caught "Compliance" at a tiny arthouse theater, I heard a lot of discussion outside in the lobby. A fair number of people simply didn't believe that the events depicted in the film could happen. But here's the thing, Zobel's script adheres very closely to the facts of an actual event! There isn't a lot of extraneous fictional material added in for dramatic affect, this sticks to the truth in a straightforward and matter-of-fact way. Based on a real life occurrence in 2004 at a Kentucky McDonalds, the movie's screenplay recreates (although in a fictional setting) what occurred in that store almost exactly according to the restaurant's security video, police reports, and court transcripts.

On an average day at your local Ohio Chickwich, the harried manager (Ann Dowd) receives an officious phone call from someone claiming to be a police officer. He identifies a young employee (Dreama Walker) as a thief saying that a woman customer has reported her taking money from her purse earlier in the day. Claiming he has already spoken to Dowd's District Manager, he asks for her cooperation in expediting the investigation while his team is detained. What follows, playing out in basically 90 minutes of real time, is a psychological manipulation that will have long reaching repercussions.
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78 of 93 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Yes men' unite as 'Eichmann' meets 'Super Size Me' January 23, 2013
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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

'Compliance' is based on a bizarre, real-life crime that occurred at a McDonald's restaurant in a small town in Kentucky. The criminal who committed this crime also committed approximately 70 other similar crimes over a span of ten years; although the crime at the Kentucky McDonald's was the worst.

The odd thing about the crime is that it was committed with the perpetrator on the phone in the State of Florida. SUPER SPOILERS AHEAD. All the events in the film are basically what happened during the real life event; except instead of a McDonald's, the establishment in the film is a fried chicken restaurant.

The perp pretended to be a police officer and convinced the manager of the restaurant, that a young, teenage employee of hers had stolen money from a customer earlier in the day. He tells the manager, Sandra, that his colleagues are busy and she needs to take the employee in the back room, where she is instructed to strip search her.

Any normal person with the slightest bit of common sense would have realized that this was some kind of scam or a pervert getting his rocks off from the get go, but Sandra is one of those people who never thinks of questioning authority, and follows everyone of the perpetrator's directives. Becky, the young employee, who now finds herself virtually naked, is covered only by an apron. The caller manipulates Becky as well, claiming that her brother could face charges, as he is also the subject of a police investigation.

Things become even more cringeworthy (and I guarantee that you'll be squirming in your seat), when the perverted caller convinces Sandra to call her fiancé to the restaurant, in order to watch the hapless Becky.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling study of mind control, and its opposite February 1, 2013
"Compliance" is a dramatization of several different incidents where a caller to a fast food restaurant, claiming to be a policeman, talked employees into abusing other employees. The caller uses the technique of gradually asking the employees to go further in their actions; as they start to accept one thing, he pushes them to the next level.

The action starts on an extremely busy day, as it happens, right after an employee forgot to close a freezer, resulting in a loss of about $1500 in spoiled food. The caller claims to have a customer with him who saw a young female employee steal money from her purse. He also knows the district supervisor's name, and claims to have him on another line. He starts by asking the manager to search the employee, and progresses to making her undress. The caller says that the girl and her brother have been selling drugs, and claims to be searching her home at that very moment while the brother is under arrest. When the manager shows reluctance to undress the girl, the caller says that the only alternative would be for him to come to the restaurant, arrest the girl, and take her to jail. But if they search her in the restaurant, all that can be avoided.

At this point, I wondered why she didn't ask to speak to the district supervisor, if only to make sure that she was adhering to company policy. But the store manager doesn't think of this. In order to be able to get back to work, she calls her fiance, who has been drinking with some friends, to come in and watch the girl until the officer arrives. The caller manages to convince this man to spank the girl, followed by the girl performing oral sex on him. Why didn't the discussion that led to this set off any alarm bells?
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5.0 out of 5 stars it got 5 stars because it was gripping
This was not a comfortable movie to watch, however, that is because every actor sold it. They performed as normal as any regular person would have. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Damon Vasquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating and sick I couldn't take my eyes off...
Fearless cast, strong performances all around. Good or bad, don't expect a happy ending...Frustrating and sick I couldn't take my eyes off.
Published 13 days ago by Altruista en Silverlake
3.0 out of 5 stars The film left a guilty "bad taste" in my mouth.
I was first intrigued, as it was based on true events. My first thought was of a perpetrator conducting a twisted version of the Stanley Milgram obedience experiments of the early... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Richard H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
After watching the movie I did some research on the Web and found that the story follows closely a real case at a McDonald's (I believe in Texas). Read more
Published 16 days ago by dedock
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Amazement at situation, gives way to concern for society
This film, in one way, was difficult to believe,. i.e. who would be so stupid that they would enable someone (totally unknown to them) on the phone, cause them to do what was done... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Martha L. Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I suppose if you read the description, it IS what it says. BUT it's nothing more. It's a literal translation of words into visuals and its boring. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Michelle K. Kasper
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time watching this movie.
I can't believe anyone would follow instructions over the phone to that extreme! Anyone could have been on the other end of that phone and using a little common sense could have... Read more
Published 21 days ago by shannon walters
1.0 out of 5 stars compliance
It was a terrible movie. I would not recommend this movie to anyone. It was annoying to watch. Sorry I bought it,
Published 1 month ago by rosemary rigby
5.0 out of 5 stars Like watching a train wreck...
but you can't stop looking.

Knowing the story is true actually makes it more unbelievable. How can that be? Read more
Published 1 month ago by MLB
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings.
On the one side, this movie can just come across as a perverted soft porn movie. But really that is not what his is about. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. L. Mastrogiovanni
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