R | 132 min | Drama, Thriller
Review - Matt Mungle
*In theaters 12.09.16*
Synopsis: In the world of political power-brokers, Sloane takes on the most powerful opponent of her career and will do whatever is required to win.
Review: Jessica Chastain delivers a powerhouse performance in the new political thriller, MISS SLOANE. Precise writing and pinpoint directing make this a must see for those who like twists and turns against the backdrop of big government.
Liz Sloane (Chastain) is one of the most feared lobbyists in Washington. She cares very little for rules and even less for people. Her goal is to win. Many think it shocking that she would take on one of the biggest, unbeatable entities on Capital Hill. It is a no win scenario. But she has a plan. The journey her character takes will keep you guessing until the very end. You won't like her but dang you can't deny her perseverance and dedication.
There are many layers to this film and the way they peel away is akin to a seductive striptease. You are riveted to each unveiling. It is easy to hate corrupt politics and depending on which side of the debate you are on there is much to fire you up there too. The mind can barely conceive let alone believe the amount of corruption behind the decisions made for the betterment of America. The script does a nice job of whispering things in our ear that fuel that exasperation.
Those deplorable ethics are the backdrop for the characters and the two entities battling it out for votes. One side needs a bill passed and the other wants it stopped. A simple scenario that ignites this sizzling film. Each team uses everything at their disposal to win and it is exhilarating and exciting to watch the pieces fall into place and at times go crashing to the floor.
Chastain is joined by an expert supporting cast who deliver strong and grounded characters. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sam Waterston, John Lithgow,and Mark Strong are only a handful of the ensemble that bring this story to life. Each character has an agenda and a compass that guide them in their careers. But everything is brought into question thanks to Liz Sloane. At times they can't tell right from left or top from bottom. She keeps them all on their toes and guessing. It is hard as a viewer not to get wrapped up in this web as well.
Senate hearings, dark alley dealings, and money raising gala'; we get a view into it all with MISS SLOANE. It is rated R for language and some sexuality. An adult film in tone and themes there is nothing offensive about the content. Fans of top notch legal and political dramas will love it. I give it 3.75 out of 5 greasy palms. A great script and high caliber performances make it stand tall.