Welcome to Movie Melt’s “Must See Movies” section. Here we will give you the spoiler-free rundown of a film that we feel you really need to see. We won’t necessarily just talk about all the big name films, as we like to show the independent and foreign films some love, especially since we feel like it is more use to our readers to give them a heads up on great films that get no press. We will try to keep them current, but we may sprinkle in some less recent films as we watch them, if we really feel they need to be mentioned.
Unfortunately if you take a look at the cinema listings right now you will see that the selection is pretty limited. That’s me being political – quite frankly there is some real trash out there right now! With that being said, I will choose instead to kick of our Move Melt Must See Movie’s with one of the independent films I’ve seen recently, which hit DVD in the past month or two.
Let me start by saying that the movie Compliance is a based very closely on real events. That really was a key piece of knowledge to have going into the film and really made a difference when shaping my opinion of the film.
The film stars Dreama Walker, as a young girl who works at a fast food restaurant, for a stressed out manager, played by Ann Dowd. The film centers around a phone call, which we know to be a prank, but which turns very real to those involved. The caller gets on the line with the manager of “ChickWich,” Sandra and proceeds to tell her than generally innocent employee, Becky (Walker), has stolen some money. What proceeds from here is a disturbing, personal and very difficult to watch turn of events that unearths some truly horrifying realities about the world we live in and the unfortunate side of human nature.
Playing to Sandra’s need for approval and her desire not to make mistakes, the caller manages to convince her with relative ease. No matter what she says, or her initial inclination of disbelief as the requests get more and more outlandish, if an explanation is provided she is willing to accept it. Becky, meanwhile, is willing to do as she is told due to the dear of what might happen to her if she doesn’t. At times I felt like things were too crazy, too silly and that it could never happen. But then I remembered that these things actually happened, on multiple occasions around the country.
We also begin to wonder if Sandra is just, quite frankly, an idiot. But as we begin to see others get involved, we understand that human nature can be a terrible thing, and sometimes our moral center is overridden by feelings of fear, worry, doubt, acceptance, approval and a variety of other ideas that play on our minds in stressful situations.
Things really do get quite disturbing, and I had difficulty watching certain scenes. I don’t say that lightly either, as not much gets to me in the world of film. I considered the film a true punch in the gut, and while at some points during the film, the acting can be a little questionable, in general the main members of the cast did a fantastic job. If you don’t mind some unsettling stuff, if you watch Compliance you are likely in for a very powerful experience.
I certainly expect that this film won’t be for everybody, and some of you may hate it. That’s just the way I like it. What did you all think of the film, and how it all ends? Any thoughts on psychology, and the real life stuff that leads to these situations? Feel free to take this further than movies – here at Movie Melt we love to talk about things we don’t fully understand, and act like we do!
Check out the trailer for the film: