Compliance is a critically-acclaimed indie film loosely based on actual events that took place in the US. A person prank calls a business under the guise of a law enforcement officer and somehow talks the supervisors into interrogating and ultimately molesting a young employee. The movie is labeled as crime, thriller and drama, with some movie outlets even listing it as horror. I say horror. Let’s start off this review by watching the trailer above.
Director Craig Zobel’s little indie starts off as a slow burn in my opinion. Overwhelmed shift manager Sandra — played by Anne Dowde — gets a call from a supposed police officer who claims an employee in her company has stolen from a customer. Sounding very authoritative, the fake officer manages to talk her into doing unspeakable acts against underling Becky, who is played Pretty Little Liar’s Dreama Walker.
Dowde’s performance in this dark controversial movie was superbly done and won her multiple awards. Also spectacular was Walker in her portrayal of Becky. I watch Pretty Little Liars, but her character in the show is neither here nor there. In Compliance, her versatility as an actress shines, proving to her critics that she is more than just a pretty face.
The movie is interesting in the way it shows how we connect as humans. For instance, it seemed to me that Sandra had underlying jealousy issues with the younger and more attractive Becky, likely making it easier for her to carry out the officer’s sick commands. The poor hamburger flipper is literally humiliated and molested by multiple people. In fact, a warning is in order: the things done to her are very sexually graphic.
But as much as I liked Compliance, I was left scratching my head:
- When had a police officer ever been known to phone a business and accuse an employee of theft without making physical appearance?
- Who in their right mind would strip search an employee under their supervision?
- Why did it take so long for someone to realize something was seriously wrong with what was going on?
Though she didn’t initiate it, Sandra is who I blame for Becky’s humiliation. How gullible must a person be to be talked into committing such heinous acts by some random pervert? Despite some of the almost unbelievable plot pieces (remember, the movie is based on actual events that took place in a number of U.S. cities), Compliance is so well-directed and acted that it really made me question humanity.
At the risk of sounding perverted and twisted, I loved Compliance. There is so much human interaction, yet no one person does the right thing. No one questions motives. It’s raw and gritty, which goes to show that blood, guts or gore are not needed for a movie to be horrific. I dare you to watch this movie to see if you can stomach the graphic and chilling content. After you watch it once, see if you can watch it again.
Compliance gets an 8 out of 10 from me. Make sure to check out all our other movie reviews.
Luke Cage Story, Origin and Main Villain Revealed?
Marvel and Netflix are hard at work making TV shows that viewers of all walks want, and with Daredevil proving to be a critical-hit, there are high hopes for Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.
For those unfamiliar with the comics and Marvel/Netflix’s plans for the three superheroes, Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are best known for fighting crime in a part of New York City called ‘Hell’s Kitchen’. In addition to their individual TV shows, they will eventually join forces in a standalone series called The Defenders.
With regards to Luke Cag, the guys at Heroic Hollywood may have obtained not only the identity of the show’s main villain (at least in the first season) but also a plot synopsis.
Diamondback (AKA Willis Stryker) is who Luke Cage will be facing off against. In the Marvel comics, he was once best friends with Cage when they were both gangsters but chose the path of evil. His weapon of choice are knives, including specially-gimmicked knives that explode, release toxic gases or created sonic waves.
As for the synopsis, it covers both Cage and Diamondback:
“Luke cage is a former gang member who is framed for a crime. In prison, he volunteers for a medical experiment that goes awry, giving him super strength and bulletproof skin. Using his newfound powers, cage escapes and becomes a hero for hire. His archenemy is willy stryker, a former childhood friend from harlem. The two committed petty crimes together, and both fell for the same woman, reva connors, which led to their eventual falling out. It was stryker who framed cage for a drug deal that sent him to prison.”
Marvel and Netflix haven’t yet confirmed the plot of Luke Cage, so take the Heroic Hollywood’s “leak” with a grain of salt.
What do you hope to see in Luke Cage?
Daniel Craig is Highest Paid James Bond Actor Ever
Daniel Craig, the actor who has played James Bond for the past nine years, is officially the highest paid Bond actor ever following the release of the Spectre.
A knowledge source told The Sun that Craig could walk away with up to $60 million for his lead role in the 2015 action thriller, stating:
“Daniel’s deal means he’ll bank $24 million for acting, around $6 million for endorsements and $30 million if the financial projections are on course. Even taking inflation into account he is by far the highest paid Bond actor.”
For that much money, I would be James Bond until I retired from acting, assuming I was an actor. However, Daniel has expressed a desire to “move on” from the franchise but would consider one last film if it paid well.
In an interview with Time Out London, he said:
“I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on. For at least a year or two, I just don’t want to think about it. If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money. Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. I don’t know what the next step is. I’ve no idea.”
Frankly, I envy Daniel Craig, both in real life and in the fictional world of James Bond. Would you consider him the best Bond actor ever?
Would you miss him as James Bond?
Punisher Kicks Ass on Set of Daredevil Season 2
Bystander on the set of Daredevil Season 2 have managed to snap the Punisher in action, giving us a good look at one of Daredevil’s main adversaries. The TV show’s producer says the season will feel like Daredevil vs. The Punisher.
Played by Jon Bernthal, who made a splash as Shane Walsh in The Walking Dead and Grady Travis in Fury, The Punisher is someone not to be messed with and he will undoubtedly give Daredevil a lot of trouble. His official description reads:
“He is a vigilante who aims to clean up New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results.”
It has also been confirmed that Elektra — played by Elodie Yung — will appear in Daredevil Season 2.
Marvel Television is on a role with its Live-Action endeavours. Marvel Agents of Shield and Agent Carter are doing well over at ABC, while Daredevil and soon Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and The Defenders have people addicted to their Netflix.
Daredevil season 1 released in early 2015 to overwhelming positive reviews, achieving an aggregate score of 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
See Jon Bernthal’s Punisher in action…