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90 Minutes of Meh


Compliance is a 2012 “thriller” in which a prank caller posing as an authority figure,  convinces a dull fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an attractive young employee.

This movie has received a healthy amount of buzz from it’s intense trailer, solid worth of mouth from the blogosphere, and a nude scene from Dreama Walker( Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23) who plays the young and naive fast food employee.

All the characters, from the restaurant manager, to her employees, to the manager’s boyfriend who permanently looks like he is about to drool, to the beady eyed  prank caller, are just plain gross. Gross in appearance and of character. Taking the wretched cake here, is Stephen Payne in the role of Harold the janitor. Harold is like Sam Elliot, if Sam Elliot was discarded by his parents at birth and raised by a pack of cigarettes.

While the basic premises of the movie has some promises and appeal, the effort of director Craig Zobel is conspicuously bad.  The lack of overall presentation on his part, leads one to consider that this entire effort may have been a pervert’s idea of how to see Dreama Walker’s pert breasts and get paid to do it.

The intentions of Craig Zobel combined with his committed lack of enthusiasm, may have merited this director’s quiet execution.

If only for the honor and reputation of human decency.



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