“I need him to feel like there’s only one way out… when he’s told to commit murder.”
One of the most horrifying films I’ve seen in recent years was 2012’s Compliance, wherein a restaurant manager is coerced into doing horrible things to his employees by a caller who is pretending to be a police officer; horrifying, mostly, because as unrealistic as the film and its lead character’s actions may seem, it’s actually based on true events.
Those events suggest that humans can be manipulated into doing awful things through social pressure, and psychological illusionist Derren Brown is testing that theory by pushing it to its most unsettling of points. With the upcoming Netflix special “Derren Brown: The Push,” Brown and a team of actors attempt to make a man commit murder.
“In The Push, Brown exposes the psychological secrets of obedience and social compliance. He expertly lifts the lid on the terrifying truth that, when confronted with authority, our natural instinct is to unflinchingly obey without question – to such an extent that even the most moral people can be made to commit the most horrendous acts, simply because they are told to do so.”
“The Push” premieres on February 27. Watch the trailer below.