I’m back! Or did you not really notice I was gone? I was really busy traveling to Asia (where you know, there is a 12 hour time difference) so I took a week or so off from blogging… but I’m back with some new posts. Hope you stayed with me.
Last week my friend Cortney and I attended a free screening of the 2012 Sundance film Compliance. I posted previously about my slow growing interest in this movie, if only due to all the controversy surrounding it. News coming out of Park City this year involved people walking out of the theater, not because they movie wasn’t good, but because of how disturbing and uncomfortable it is.
Based on real events, the movie revolves around a young female fast food worker, accused on stealing from a customer by a prank caller, who poses as a cop and convinces her superiors to interrogate her. In the process, she is victimized. You can watch the trailer here
. The movie has less to do with telling a complex story but whether delving into the psychology behind people who blindly obey authority or someone who in an authoritative position, even if that person is only giving commands over the phone. And because of that alone, the movie has sparked a number of debates. One, who is really to blame - the person who puts themselves in the position of authority or the person who blindly obeys and in turn may end of doing something wrong. Two, what kind of person would blindly obey and be willing to sign off on unspeakable acts?
Did I find it disturbing? Not really. I felt I’ve seen worse watching other movies (like Descent; trust me, never watch it. And don’t do that thing where you watch it just because someone tells you not to. That movie forever changed me in the worse way possible). I actually found it very unrealistic as I’m sure many have. Who would really fall for this? But you can’t denied since apparently similar events have occurred around the country many times. Okay, so the movie did do a good job introducing us to the manager of the restaurant, the person who ultimately falls for the prank. She is alittle bit socially awkward, needing constant approval, insecure… and also does not take responsibly for her own actions. So maybe there is a profile of people who would taken it this far. But is that enough to make someone buy into these actions as being right? I couldn’t even say that I thought it was necessarily a good movie though one that was great to tell.
Have you seen this film? What do you think?