For the first half, I was all ready to write how the movie was similar to Arrival in that it's essentially stupid at its core but reproduces the 1990s "popcorn movie for adults" ethos in such vivid detail that it's worth going along with for nostalgia's sake... but then holy shit that got even stupider really fast. The brother thread is clunkier than a Geo Metro.
There are two reasons that Craig Zobel could have decided to make Compliance, both equally wrongheaded:
1) Zobel simply wanted to expose this case (and, by extension, the others like it) to the world, without any sort of greater message. While I don't buy this as the filmmaker's motivation for a second, some people have argued such, so I'll address it...
Put simply: text-based reporting, as had already been done extensively in this case (meaning, no further examination was really…
The best film of 2011 is also the most criminally under-seen. Blue-collar, Midwestern father Curtis LaForche is either developing paranoid schizophrenia or accurately prophesizing the apocalypse — a binary that could have all too easily become fodder for hokey metaphor. But with writer/director Jeff Nichols and actor Michael Shannon at the helm (their second film together, following 2007’s Shotgun Stories), Curtis becomes one of the most authentically human characters in the history of cinema. He may be the symbolic fulcrum…