Wow… I just finished watching “Compliance” the other night, which was just recently released on DVD. I’ve never seen a more messed up, irritating movie in perhaps my entire life! This movie will make you want to scream, pull your hair out of your head and pick up your television and throw it out the window. Yes I”m not kidding. It’s been a long long time since I’ve seen cinema this frustrating and if you don’t believe me I dare you to watch it. I guarantee you will want to teleport yourself into the tv screen and kick all these peoples asses to the moon.
The premise is incredibly simple, during a busy day at a fast food chicken restaurant a female employee is pulled of the register and taken into the back room by her female boss. Her boss is on the phone with a caller who claims to be a police officer reporting that the employee had stolen money from a purse of a customer there only a couple hours ago. She’s kept in the back room and slowly the “officer” on the phone starts demanding that they do a strip search of her because there aren’t any police in the area at the moment. Her boss reluctantly strip searches her and finds nothing. The demands get more and more outrageous as several other people become involved and follow the man’s demands if only because they are afraid of authority.
This movie goes into some seriously dark places and about mid way through I found myself shouting at the screen. I figured it to be just one stupid ass, yet well acted movie with a ridiculously unbelievable plot. I have to admit I almost turned it off at one point. However what was most shocking is that this movie is based on a real incident. It follows the real incident exactly as it happened in real life which blew my mind that anyone one anywhere could be this stupid and naive. With further investigation similar incidents portrayed in this movie ocurred over 70 times here in the United States. I guess to truly understand how insane this is you really have to see the movie, but be warned it will make you angry, frustrated and kinda sick to your stomach. It will also show you just how fearful and compliant people can be when dealing with people of the law…..
Here is the ABC news coverage of the story, spoilers a plenty…
I am going to say it here, Beasts of the Southern Wild is going to get best picture this year. I am so certain of this because it’s still on my mind today after seeing it last night. If you get the chance to check this film out you most certainly will not be disappointed. It’s something so beautiful, real and surreal it’s hard to fully put it into words. One thing is for certain by the end of the movie you will be balling your eyes out. It’s been quite some time since I have actually seen a movie that truly moved me in this way. I guess I would put it loosely into the same category as say Pan’s Labyrinth or maybe Where the Wild Things Are. However at it’s core it’s a much more emotional ride than either of those.
It’s based on a small fictional bayou village who’s residents is hit hard by a hurricane and completely desolated. At the center of the story is Hushpuppy played by Quvenzhané Wallis who will probably be nominated for an Oscar even though she’s only six years old. It follows her journey as her and her father try and survive the flood while refusing to leave the area. Sounds simple enough, but the journey that follows is one of the most visually stunning put to screen. The landscape, the characters, the music is hard to erase from your mind. It feels like you’ve stepped into a different world entirely with merely the lightest tinge of fantasy thrown into the story as the beastly creatures that appear from time to time in the story only enhance the fact that you may be seeing things from a slightly skewed perspective of a six year old. This movie blew my mind and even more so was the fact this was director Benh Zeitlin’s first feature length film as were the films two major players Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry who starred as her father “Wink”.
So if you’re looking for something special to see amidst the usual Hollywood schlock this one is a must, just be prepared for it to be floating in your mind like like a some incredible dream you can’t forget for days after…