Some films are harder to watch than others – not because they’re bad, which makes for a different sort of painful viewing, but because they touch on areas of such profound moral discomfort that the mere act of watching makes us feel complicit. We feel like gutless witnesses to a crime.
What’s happening here should be transparent to anyone watching almost from the start, but the point is that it’s anything but obvious to the people involved. You might be struck with an air of incredulity, but the events depicted happened almost exactly as shown. And though we may know what’s going on here, we don’t have any idea how far it will go.
While watching, the scope of Compliance seems to ride too much a singular note — but that note is persistent, unrelenting, and very creepy. It’s a small movie, but boy it got under my skin. If you want to get to some very disturbing places, this movie is for you. 7/10
Availability: Netflix & iTunes.