(Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, et al / Blu ray / R / 2012 / Magnolia)
Overview: On a particularly busy day at a suburban Ohio fast food joint, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd) receives a phone call from a police officer saying that an employee, a pretty young blonde named Becky (Dreama Walker), has stolen money from a customer. Convinced she's only doing what's right, Sandra commences the investigation, following step-by-step instructions from the officer at the other end of the line, no matter how invasive they become.
Blu ray Verdict: Wow! Firstly, you should know going in that this film is based on an actual true story - which makes watching it all the more captivating, as a viewing spectacle.
A truly slowburner of a tale, one average day at an Ohio Chickwich, the under pressure manager (Ann Dowd) receives a phone call from someone claiming to be a police officer. He identifies a young employee (Dreama Walker) as a thief, explaining further that a female customer had reported her taking money from her purse earlier in the day - from the counter.
Claiming he had already spoken to Dowd's District Manager (indeed, had him on the other line), he asks for her cooperation in expediting the investigation while his team is detained elsewhere on another case that afternoon. What follows, indeed, and cleverly playing out over the next 90 minutes of real time for us and them, is a psychological manipulation that you will never believe could happen - and yet did ... 70+ times, as reported at the end of the movie!
In truth, the actors are just so goo, especially Dreama that this movie is so very difficult to watch. Particularly because we know it was based on an actual event. Would everyone have fallen for this so-called cops' instructions on the phone, I doubt it, but as mentioned above at the end we learn that there were many similar prank calls like this made - a lot by the same guy! So, next time you get told to strip search an employee by a so-called cop on the phone, well, perhaps second guess his wishes first!! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.