CBF Review: Compliance
I actually feel really sucky about giving Compliance a CBF Review.
Hell, it’s even my 3rd 4 star review this week.
But I don’t really have much to say about Compliance. It’s just a pretty good movie.
The plot is based on the true story of a fuckbag who prank called fast food restaurants and coerced the staff into doing horrible things by posing as a police officer. The victim this time is Becky (Dreama Walker, from season 2 of Gossip Girl and the sadly-cancelled Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23). She’s accused of stealing money, and worried restuarant manager Sandra tries her best to comply (ah ha!) with the “investigation.” Yada yada yada Becky ends up strip searched, spanked and raped before the hoax is discovered. In a heartwarming ending, the piece of shit prankster is caught.
I hate this movie because there’s a point where the characters should have just stopped (that point is the spanking, which is way too ridiculous to think anybody would do, despite the fact that it for reals happened. It’s the same problem I had with Martha Marcy May Marlene. And American Mary), Becky wants to sue Sandra after all is said and done (rude), and the whole concept of the theft is ridiculous, which several characters (including Sandra) point out (she apparently stole money out of a customer’s purse while working at the order counter. How?).
You should watch because the atmosphere is absolutely intense without verging on melodrama (the intercut shots of the other staff and the restaurant patrons just going about business as usual are moodily brilliant), the 2 female leads are great, and knowing that this is very closely based on a true story makes the behaviour of the characters uncomfortable. It’s like (up until the spanking and the blow job, anyway), I can see myself doing the same thing.
Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars.
What? I can like serious movies sometimes.