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2.0 out of 5 stars Stupid people doing stupid things, September 22, 2013
This review is from: Compliance (DVD)
This is a weird film, it's based on true events (apparently) and explores how people will blindly obey authority. It's not a bad idea and starts with the manageress of a small fast food restaurant receiving a phone call from a police officer who explains that one of her staff has committed a crime. From that point he issues a series of quite frankly absurd instructions which the manageress and some of the staff comply with.

I can't fault the film as such, the cast do a good job with what they have. It tells the story well and effectively, however the real problem is the stupidity of it. It's hard to comprehend how ridiculous the events are. Anyone with any sense wouldn't have obeyed if the policeman had been stood in front of them, let alone an unidentified voice over the phone.

So the film is fine, but I ended up shouting at the screen at the stupidity of it, so for your own sake I'd give this a miss, unless of course you like watching stupid people doing stupid things for no sensible reason.
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Initial post: Oct 21, 2013, 11:01:26 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 21, 2013, 11:02:08 PM PDT
mao_soup says:
"...the real problem is the stupidity of it. It's hard to comprehend how ridiculous the events are. Anyone with any sense wouldn't have obeyed if the policeman had been stood in front of them, let alone an unidentified voice over the phone."

These events are true and did happen. So, you are going to blame a film for accurately portraying something that actually happened? Did you also give Schindler's List low marks because of the "stupidity" of what the Nazis did? Because the events of the holocaust were "ridiculous" and hard to believe?

Enlighten us.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2013, 1:06:56 AM PDT
M. Brookes says:
Heh - I didn't doubt the events where real, the film does illustrate how stupid the people involved were and as such I found it frustrating to watch.

Nice Godwin by the way :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2013, 1:11:48 AM PDT
mao_soup says:
Heh. Nice deflection. And it's not a Godwin because the context is neither hyperbolic nor irrelevant. Nazis used similar brainwashing and manipulation techniques on their subordinates to induce them to commit reprehensible acts against conscience.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2013, 1:27:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 22, 2013, 1:28:17 AM PDT
M. Brookes says:
There's an order of magnitude difference between the two (I think Schindler's List is an excellent film by the way, it's a pity they didn't show more of the good work his wife did), but if someone called you at work on the phone and told you to strip a co-worker naked would you do it? I'm really hoping you wouldn't! In fairness it was the people involved actions that I found frustrating, which in turn made it an annoying film to watch.

And a Godwin simply refers to invoking the nazis in an Internet discussion so is applicable in this case :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2013, 12:39:54 PM PDT
mao_soup says:
"it was the people involved actions that I found frustrating,"

Again, that was the point?

"And a Godwin simply refers to invoking the nazis in an Internet discussion so is applicable in this case"

No, it most certainly is NOT. Learn a little.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2013, 1:30:25 AM PDT
M. Brookes says:
Heh - you should look up 'Godwin's Law' :-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law

As for frustrating that may have been the point, but that didn't make it any better to watch.
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