Miss Sloane (2016) Film Review

It’s fascinating for a non-American to watch the crazy world of American politics and lobbying. It’s simply not something we’re used to. Miss Sloane is a suspenseful political thriller about the tough-talking and successful lobbyist Elizabeth Sloane. When she decides to take on the ever powerful gun lobby, her perfectly put together world starts to fall apart.

Jessica Chastain plays Liz the lobbyist who is brusque, aggressive and definitely at least part sociopathic. She has garnered a name for herself as one of the top lobbyists in Washington, but when the firm she works for recruits the gun lobby as a client, she decides to leave and instead joins an ethical lobbying group in the hopes she will get her biggest career win. Liz always be one step ahead of her opponent and you are constantly on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next twist in her scheme. She is ruthless, but sometimes surprises you with moments of vulnerability.

She takes some of her old team with her, but her new colleagues are the ones with a story to tell. Mark Strong portrays Liz’s new boss Rodolfo Schmidt as a strong personality… but there is an air of mystery around just how far he is willing to go to win. How ethical can he really be if he hired Sloane when he knows what her reputation is? Liz’s right hand Esme, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, starts the movie as this beautifully idealistic woman but she becomes more and more jaded as the story moves along.

This film is written so that you are on the edge of your seat at all times. Chastain’s performance is impeccable. You make assumptions about who Elizabeth Sloane is, but with each plot twist that assumption is undone and you have to start again from scratch. This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat just waiting to see what Liz does next.

Verdict: 7.5/10

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