Sorry to Bother You
Stay woke, indeed: Gonzo new director Boots Riley mashes searing socio-political critique with a dystopia not too distant from our own.
Down-on-his-luck Cassius ‘Cash’ Green lands a job at a sleazy telemarketing company. When a colleague teaches him the trick of putting on a ‘white’ voice while phoning clients, Cash is suddenly flush with success, and propelled into the firm’s upper echelon of ‘power callers’. As Cash crosses picket lines into this macabre new universe, he finds himself increasingly at odds with his artist-activist girlfriend and his union-leader buddy.
Channeling Michel Gondry and Terry Gilliam, Riley presents a world that initially feels like reality, then gleefully twists into a no-holds-barred satire: about race relations, oppressive capitalism, you name it. The boldness pays off. Sorry to Bother You is a slice of rainbow cake topped with nuclear fuel—weird, propulsive and tasty.
Cast & Credits
Boots Riley is an American rapper, producer, activist and filmmaker, whose work often blazes against societal injustice. He is the lead vocalist of political hip-hop group The Coup and rap-rock supergroup Street Sweeper Social Club. Sorry to Bother You is his first feature, and premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Charles King, George Rush, Jonathan Duffy, Kelly Williams
Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Armie Hammer
*Offical Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, San Francisco International Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, BFI London Film Festival 2018