SORRY TO BOTHER YOU
Comedy/Fantasy/Sci-Fi – 2018 – USA – 105 Minutes – Annapurna – Rated R
In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe of “powercalling” that leads to material glory. But the upswing in Cassius’ career raises serious red flags with his girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson), a performance artist and minimum-wage striver who’s secretly part of a Banksy-style activist collective. As his friends and co-workers organize in protest of corporate oppression, Cassius falls under the spell of his company’s cocaine-snorting CEO Steve Lift (Armie Hammer), who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams.
Written & Directed by Boots Riley
Starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Steven Yeun, Terry Crews, Danny Glover, David Cross, Patton Oswalt
I will be very clear with you, dear readers, that this surrealist comic moral tale, about a poor man selling his soul to ascend in a golden elevator to the heights of a dubious corporation, is a balls-to-the-wall, tits-to-the-glass, spectacular orgy of fist-pumping, anti-capitalist, pro-labor ideas rolled into 105 minutes of gloriously unpredictable plot. – Village Voice
Riley’s film is a welcome hand grenade of subversive power that often reminded me of another incendiary film, Terry Gilliam’s classic “Brazil.” – Austin Chronicle
Boots Riley’s first feature is a scintillating comedic outburst of political imagination and visionary fury. – New Yorker