Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1hr 51m
Boots Riley takes a break from rap and music production to deliver this daringly surreal work of science-fiction satire.
Set in an uncanny yet familiar version of the United States, Riley’s debut tells the story of Cash (Lakeith Stanfield), an African-American telemarketer who, sick of living out of his uncle’s garage, decides to heed the advice of co-worker Langston (Danny Glover) by affecting a white voice to charm his customers.
As if by magic, Cash is catapulted through the ranks of the company, finally landing at the feet of CEO Steve Lift (Armie Hammer), who, impressed by Cash’s work, attempts to lure him into a world of obscene decadence. With unimaginable wealth inches from his grasp, the young telemarketer must decide whether to sell his soul or join girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson) and union leader Squeeze (Stephen Yeun) on the picket line.
Riley’s technicolour dystopia mixes bold visuals and biting satire in a heady concoction that is at once frightening, provocative and comical. Stanfield is hilarious as the everyman trying to navigate a world dominated by predatory corporations. However, behind the humour lies a serious and incendiary critique of our own society and its absurdities.
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