Haiku Review: Sorry To Bother You

Written by Boots Riley
Directed by Boots Riley


SYNOPSIS
A young telemarketer in Oakland discovers the key to success: using his white voice. Where this takes him is anybody’s guess.


HAIKU REVIEW

Striking Visuals;
Daring And Original;
A Fresh, Bold Challenge.


RATING:
Watch in Theater Immediately
**Pickup at Redbox Upon Release**
Stream on Netflix/Watch on Cable
Don’t Waste Your Time


ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

I’m not sure how to describe what I just watched, but I know I won’t forget it anytime soon. In a time where revolution is openly discussed, this may have no issue finding its audience, despite how absolutely bizarre it can be. It has a firmly anti-capitalist message, sure, but it is so damn zany that you almost seem meant to absorb it through some kind of subconscious osmosis, as opposed to taking traditional lecture notes. It will have you scratching your head as often as it has you erupting with laughter, but I hope some of the tricks Riley plays on the audience will have them engaging in some serious, deep conversations, no matter their political affiliations. For example, when Cash speaks in his “white voice,” the dubbing effect with David Cross is hilarious, but the undertones are frightening when really examined on a deeper level. When his success gets him promoted to Power Caller, you are hesitant to celebrate because of the identity he had to sacrifice to get to a point beyond “just surviving,” a sentiment his now-striking former coworkers know all too well. This film has a whole LOT to say, but it is wrapped in an absurdist blanket meant to keep you warm while it burns down your house and leaves you to the elements. It’s a truly wild ride that is wickedly funny and much smarter than it may appear on the surface at times. The revolution has a strong new voice among its ranks.


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