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The trailer for director Craig Zobel's Compliance defines the word "creepy"

07.02.2012

The first trailer for director Craig Zobel's COMPLIANCE has arrived and the premise is likely to give you the willies. Based on a true story, the film centers on the day-to-day operations at a fast food restaurant and what happens when a phone call sets up a chain of events that change the lives of everyone involved.

Make it a value meal:

This looks interesting as hell, especially since it leads you into the premise, but doesn't give much away.  The film generated a lot of buzz at Sundance this year, with most reviews lauding the captivating creepiness of it all.  It definitely looks like a film that will toy with your emotions, which I'm always down for, unless it involves puppies or Kardashians.

Here's the synopsis:

Becky and Sandra aren’t the best of friends. Sandra is a middle-aged manager at a fast-food restaurant; Becky is a teenaged counter girl who really needs the job. One stressful day (too many customers and too little bacon), a police officer calls, accusing Becky of stealing money from a customer’s purse, which she vehemently denies. Sandra, overwhelmed by her managerial responsibilities, complies with the officer’s orders to detain Becky. This choice begins a nightmare that tragically blurs the lines between expedience and prudence, legality and reason. Craig Zobel (his The Great World of Sound appeared at the Festival in 2007) returns with this riveting film, based on a true story. The cast delivers hauntingly authentic performances that make the appalling events unfolding onscreen all the more difficult to watch, but impossible to turn away from. Delving into the complex psychology of the real-life story under its sensationalized surface, COMPLIANCE proves that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.

COMPLIANCE opens on August 17, 2012.

Extra Tidbit: What's the creepiest movie you've ever seen? I'm going with Bully.
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1:31PM on 07/03/2012
from the moment that phone rang, I was riveted. 4 hamburgers!
from the moment that phone rang, I was riveted. 4 hamburgers!
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10:16AM on 07/03/2012
I dunno.....if the trailer is any indication, it's more irritating to think that someone is this dumb than creepy.
I dunno.....if the trailer is any indication, it's more irritating to think that someone is this dumb than creepy.
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5:56AM on 07/03/2012
You see.... this would have never happened to Bon Qui Qui. "Do not get loud with me, sir! Do not get loud with me!" Its sad really, as soon I saw in the trailer it was a burger joint, I immediately thought of Bon Qui Qui.
You see.... this would have never happened to Bon Qui Qui. "Do not get loud with me, sir! Do not get loud with me!" Its sad really, as soon I saw in the trailer it was a burger joint, I immediately thought of Bon Qui Qui.
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12:01AM on 07/03/2012
Even the "true" story smells of bullshit. The dumb ones are the people who actually believe this. I would even buy into the strip search, but what happens later is too impossibly over the top.

The girl this happened to got $6million from the lawsuit. The manager who performed the strip search got $1million from the lawsuit!!! This entire thing is obviously a scam.
Even the "true" story smells of bullshit. The dumb ones are the people who actually believe this. I would even buy into the strip search, but what happens later is too impossibly over the top.

The girl this happened to got $6million from the lawsuit. The manager who performed the strip search got $1million from the lawsuit!!! This entire thing is obviously a scam.
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10:47PM on 07/02/2012
I don't see how this is creepy. More like infuriatingly illogical. Never once did any of these people ask for a badge number they could verify? Once someone told me to strip one of my employees and search them I would have said "Nope, officer, you're gonna have to come pick him/her up. Not doing your job and mine." And that would have been the end of the movie.
I don't see how this is creepy. More like infuriatingly illogical. Never once did any of these people ask for a badge number they could verify? Once someone told me to strip one of my employees and search them I would have said "Nope, officer, you're gonna have to come pick him/her up. Not doing your job and mine." And that would have been the end of the movie.
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1:24AM on 07/03/2012
Milgram experiment on authority. Look it up.
Milgram experiment on authority. Look it up.
1:58AM on 07/03/2012
That experiment stayed pretty grounded. What happened here was so over the top that if an ACTUAL police officer asked someone to do this anyone would refuse.

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Seriously, he made her give him a blow job because the "officer" said to? And she did it no questions asked? Give me a break.
That experiment stayed pretty grounded. What happened here was so over the top that if an ACTUAL police officer asked someone to do this anyone would refuse.

SPOILERS
Seriously, he made her give him a blow job because the "officer" said to? And she did it no questions asked? Give me a break.
8:37PM on 07/02/2012
from the moment that phone rang, I was riveted. 4 hamburgers!
from the moment that phone rang, I was riveted. 4 hamburgers!
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5:54PM on 07/02/2012

I call bullshit

No matter what someone says or how they sound, who would be dumb enough to ever 'comply' with an 'officer' just over the phone with no direct in-person contact?
No matter what someone says or how they sound, who would be dumb enough to ever 'comply' with an 'officer' just over the phone with no direct in-person contact?
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6:41PM on 07/02/2012
Check out one of the links that the fellow Schmoes posted below. The shit really happened and THEN some. Be warned of spoilers, though.
Check out one of the links that the fellow Schmoes posted below. The shit really happened and THEN some. Be warned of spoilers, though.
5:52PM on 07/02/2012

Na

no thanks
no thanks
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5:02PM on 07/02/2012
How could anyone terrorize Dreama Walker? Look at those big, beautiful eyes - she's like a sexy puppy staring back at you.

Yes, I am aware of how wrong that sounds.
How could anyone terrorize Dreama Walker? Look at those big, beautiful eyes - she's like a sexy puppy staring back at you.

Yes, I am aware of how wrong that sounds.
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4:50PM on 07/02/2012
Great trailer! I saw the film at SXSW, and it's one of the best films of the year. I understand that a lot of people would find the film frustrating to watch, but it's based on a true event. You can't just say "These people are dumb" or "Hang up the damn phone!" when what happens in the film actually happened in real life. You can see the 20/20 segment, but it spoils the events in the film: [link]
Great trailer! I saw the film at SXSW, and it's one of the best films of the year. I understand that a lot of people would find the film frustrating to watch, but it's based on a true event. You can't just say "These people are dumb" or "Hang up the damn phone!" when what happens in the film actually happened in real life. You can see the 20/20 segment, but it spoils the events in the film: [link]
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4:34PM on 07/02/2012

I don't know how much I can like this movie

the whole time I'm probably going to be thinking how stupid these people are.
the whole time I'm probably going to be thinking how stupid these people are.
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10:53PM on 07/02/2012
Go read about the Milgram Experiment sometime.
Go read about the Milgram Experiment sometime.
4:28PM on 07/02/2012

The true story is much disturbing...

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10:41PM on 07/02/2012
Over 60 people are dumb as hell. I don't know how anyone could possibly believe a police officer would ask you to detain a possible criminal, strip them, search them, make them do naked jumping jacks, and then perform a sexual act. What a bunch of retards.
Over 60 people are dumb as hell. I don't know how anyone could possibly believe a police officer would ask you to detain a possible criminal, strip them, search them, make them do naked jumping jacks, and then perform a sexual act. What a bunch of retards.
4:08PM on 07/02/2012
Love movies like this. Definitely going to see!
Love movies like this. Definitely going to see!
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