Writer/Director Craig Zobel’s controversial indie thriller Compliance expands upon the themes of his 2007 con artist comedy Great World of Sound, but to further extremes in both narrative and affectiveness. What begins as a Clerks 2-type riff on the drudgery of fast food employment soon goes the way of nail biting nervousness as a caller claiming to be the authorities causes an evening’s worth of confusion and pain at the local Chick-Wich. It all feels a little unbelievable despite the fact that it’s based on a true story though the reality of it all is really where the film’s controversy lies. Things drag a bit once the audience has caught on to the scam at hand and the whole thing heads in a predictably dark direction, but the wrap-up is nifty and it leads to a number of interesting talking points. The ending is actually a welcome relief on a number of levels, most of all the provision of closure to a film that could have simply ended with the click of a receiver.
Compliance opens today at the Ritz at the Bourse.