Remember when Hollywood would wait at least a decade or two before producing a film dramatization of some no doubt important historical event? Well, it seems like someone wanted to see Dreama Walker nude so badly, they decided to jump the gun. Though to be perfectly fair, Compliance isn’t a “Hollywood” film in the strict sense of the term. No, it’s an independent film, which gives it an unwritten license to stuff as much gratuitous nudity in and still get to call it “artistic”. Not that I’m complaining, though. I’ve been waiting for a Dreama Walker nude scene since she had 12 seconds of screen time as Clint Eastwood’s snoblet granddaughter in Gran Torino.
It is implied that she’s nude for pretty much most of the movie, but we, the audience, see Dreama Walker naked in only three separate scenes with multiple shots within each. Compliance, for those of you just waking up from stasis, is based on one particular event in a chain of prank phone calls that had fast food employees strip searched and sodomized by their supervisors at the command of a disembodied voice pretending to be a police officer. Dreama Walker takes the role of Louise Ogborn, rechristened as “Becky” in the film, the 19-year-old victim in the Mount Washington, Kentucky incident, with director Craig Zobel paying an almost disturbing level of attention to faithfully recreating the harrowing events.
About 28 minutes in, we see Dreama Walker topless for the first time as she is ordered to remove her bra after spending the two minutes prior removing everything else piece by piece. She is shown removing her panties as well, but alas, the camera cuts away just as the goods would have been exposed. The second time we see Dreama Walker nude, she is being told to remove an apron she’d been using to cover herself, giving us a frontal look from the waist up for a few seconds. After that, she’s told to turn around and bend over, but – sorry, ass men – the camera doesn’t pan down. The last Dreama Walker nude scene comes in just past an hour in, when we get a close-up side-ish view of her breasts, and then a brief look from the front as she struggles to put her apron back on.
The justification for watching the film doesn’t lie solely with Dreama Walker. Compliance is truly completed by Ann Dowd in the role of the dogmatic manager, radiating a sort of suburban horror. Oh, and Max Payne is in it too. No, really. My initial reaction probably aligned closely with that of the the Sundance audience in that it just seemed so over-the-top, almost like a 13-year-old boy’s fantasy. But after doing my research and finding that every action in the film was really something that really, really happened in the real life case, well, I certainly could look at it in a different light. So could many others, apparently, as the film holds an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as I write. And if you’re not dazzled by that, there are always the many graphic Dreama Walker nude scenes to win you over.