The sequel to the hit 2003 documentary follows activist-pranksters Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonnano as they pull the rug out from under mega-corporations, government officials and a complacent media in a series of outrageous stunts designed to draw awareness to the issue of climate change.
Fans of comic documentaries can rejoice. If
you've never heard of the Yes Men, you're in
for a treat; if you've followed their antics in
earlier films, you'll delight in a new barrage.
Either way, you'll find in this film a fresh
reflection on the question: How does one
sustain a life of activism?
The Yes Men Are Revolting chronicles
the past five years of pranksters Andy
Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno (not their
real names), the infamous activists known
for duping the media with their impersonations
of corporate shills and government
stooges. At this stage of their career, the Yes
Men have climate change at the top of their
agenda, which takes them to Washington,
Copenhagen, Uganda, and the Albertan tar
sands. Laura Nix and the Yes Men team up as
directors, recording every step of Bichlbaum
and Bonanno's journey as they meet with
collaborators and pull off their witty stunts.
Their planning and execution is filled with
anxiety and improvisation, some pranks
fizzling while others turn into media whirlwinds
— and one case brings a threat of legal
action more serious than any the Yes Men
have ever encountered before.
But things become even more challenging
as the pair enters a new chapter in their lives.
Having crossed into middle age, Bichlbaum
and Bonanno now have more at stake than
did their younger selves. The stress of
nurturing relationships presents greater
complications to their lifestyle, giving rise to
tensions that threaten to fracture the duo's
long partnership. Even as they question their
future, they move forward with one more
daring action, gathering a roomful of defence
contractors and government officials under
absurdly false pretenses. You won't want to
miss how it turns out.