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Film Fest 2012 - Compliance

Film Fest 2012 - Compliance 


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FilmJunkieJake

Being accustomed to 'difficult' cinema that ofttimes sends a portion of the audience scuttling for the exits I was surprised by how gruelling I found Craig Zobel's Compliance; forcing me to squirm in my seat and make a few deep exhalations once the credits rolled. Based on a true story of some recent extreme prank calling crimes involving fast food restaurant workers in the USA this disturbing psychological head trip is affectively constructed as a lock-in film with almost all the action occurring on location in the restaurant. This essentially puts the viewer in the same position as the characters - a very suffocating and claustrophobic environment - serving to ratchet up the tension to near breaking point. Framing, editing, and sound choices are smartly and artfully applied to lift a potentially sensationalist movie into a psychological horror which bears comparison to a Haneke work, if by a less formed director. Compliance was a fantastic, if discomforting, end to NZFF 2012.

Mon August 06, 2012 1:51PM



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