Sorry To Bother You
DIRECTOR: Boots Riley
CAST: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Armie Hammer
Filmmaker Boots Riley blasts onto the scene with a powerful debut film. Sorry To Bother You stars Atlanta’s Lakeith Stanfield stars as Cassius, a young African American man who’s behind on all his bills and looking for job. He applies for a telemarketing gig with a shady company, and even though he gets caught lying on his resume, he gets the job anyway because this company just needs people who can follow directions.
While he’s trying to learn the ropes of the job, he is struggling to make his sales, until an elderly co-worker (portrayed by the fantastic Danny Glover) instructs Cash to use his “White voice”, not to be confused with talking proper, and soon things start to turn around for him in the sales department.
His co-workers are starting to organize themselves to fight for better wages and working conditions within this shady company, and Cash is placed in the tough position of sticking with his co-workers, or using his newfound selling abilities to continue rising up the financial status ladder.
To say this movie is unlike anything I’ve seen in years is an understatement. I’m not going to lie, this is a film that is way smarter than I am, and would require multiple viewings on my part to even begin to feel like I really understand it. That being said, it’s a stylishly visual, insane comedy with elements of drama, horror, and maybe a dash of Sci-Fi tossed in to get it really crazy. It’s a satire taking aim at corporate America, YouTube viral videos, ridiculous games shows, race relations, the prison system, slave labor, and much much more.
I had NO IDEA where the story was going throughout the film, but I absolutely loved the journey because it’s so abstract, while also filled with characters that are so interesting, you want to spend time with them. Tessa Thompson continues to be one of the most electrifying actress working today and she absolutely shines here. Steven Yeun from the Walking Dead also turns in a really solid performance here, along with Armie Hammer turning up the d-bag charm.
This is a movie that will stick with you well after you see it and I can not wait to what else Boots Riley has in that brain.
4 out of 5 stars