The Employer (2013) Review
Frank Merle does an excellent job of synthesizing both drama and suspense to create one of the most interesting movies I've seen in a very long time. We're lead to believe that its characters don't meet by chance, there's a real reason behind the sinister plot that encourages a vicious, dramatic performance.
We're lulled in slowly, as we discover the real reason the characters are there, what they were doing the night before, and the lengths they would go to acquire their position in the company. A lot of movies out there try to deal with the concept of Darwinism and natural selection, surely, but what happens when the business world adopts that mentality? Hasn't it already adopted that worldview? Success and profit mean everything, by whatever means necessary.
The acting is absolutely great, so raw and totally believable. The script was dead on, testing psychological theories you've never even heard of. Somehow the story touched base with a famous psychological experiment famously known as The Milgram Experiment (1974). The basic idea was to see if people would do as they are told even if it conflicts with their own personal conscience:
Here's a briefing of The Milgram Experiment (1974) from Wikipedia.org:
The Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures was a series of social psychology experiments conducted by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram, which measured the willingness of study participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts that conflicted with their personal conscience.
Did you know that even if you hypnotize someone to kill someone else, they won't kill that person? That's because their innermost psychological basis contradicts your imperative, but what happens when you're convinced to do the unthinkable? What happens when you're convinced to do, to think, in a manner that is forced upon you. Merle's The Employer may be suggesting that this personal conscience may indeed be a two-way street: the person committing the unspeakable must be in a psychological frame of mind to accept the unthinkable without question and the Employer as someone who facilitates the approval of the unthinkable.
Here's the plot summary from IMDB:
Five highly qualified applicants interview for a coveted job with the Carcharias Corporation, a powerful conglomerate whose business practices are shrouded in mystery. On the night before the last round of interviews, they are all kidnapped and drugged. The next day, they wake up trapped together in a locked room without any hope of escape. Soon the true nature of their situation is revealed when they receive a phone call from the mysterious CEO of Carcharias, known only as The Employer. He informs them that they are about to experience the final interview, but it's not at all what they were expecting.
The Employer is a fascinating story of human psychology, ethics and the latent animalism that lurks within us all. Seemingly ordinary people whose one goal right now is to become millionaires are put side-by-side to uncover one of the most startling revelations--if that were me, I'd have done what they did. We watch as a spectators, but we're really watching ourselves--this is exactly what we would do if we were forced in these circumstances. What would our answers be if we were asked the questions that the Carcharias corporation did?
Frank Merle combines the thrilling mystery of the unknown, mixed together with a flashback narrative that intertwines each character in a moral struggle of life, death, and purpose. Within each of us lies the flight or fight instinct, for some, it's the fight instinct that they can only relate to--what happens when those that flee become those that fight? What will be the ramifications of the innocent being forced in a situation of life and death?
The real horror isn't in the blood, or the suspense, it's the psychological schism that can occur within us all and for that, we must be wary not to tap into it. Some interviews aren't worth it, but how do you know? This is literally one of the best independent movies I've ever seen and it's well worth it! That's why we've arranged a giveaway with director Frank Merle! We've got lots of questions, which makes this The Employer better than your average Hollywood flick!