Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is a powerful, workaholic D.C. lobbyist who uses every trick in the book to achieve her goals. But her impressive success record, is on the line when she switches sides and leaves one agency to work for another. She fights for the causes she believes in, and the causes she believes she can win for. Originally she and her team were selected by her boss (Sam Waterston) to fight for gun activists and prevent a bill from being passed, but she is approached by the owner of a smaller, far less prestigious agency (Mark Strong) to fight against her former firm and fight for the gun control bill. Bringing some of her team with her and joining her new team the lies, deceit, back room dealings and shenanigans of lobbying and political intrigue unfold brilliantly on the screen before us.
Wow, this was an incredible film. It clearly had a great ensemble cast but Jessica Chastain stood out and was simply fantastic. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance, but sadly overlooked at the Oscars. I’d say that her performance here was every bit as good and as worthy as her previous Oscar nominations for The Help and Zero Dark Thirty. At first I was a little leery of the film’s runtime of 2 hours 10 minutes, but it was paced perfectly and there wasn’t a wasted minute or slow scene on the screen. There were twists and turns as you would expect, but just when I though I had Miss Sloane figured out, she bobbed and weaved away from my expectations with tremendous results. The climax of the film was definitely something I did not see coming, and I really do love that about this film, and films in general. I love to be surprised when I watch movies, which hasn’t happened a whole lot lately, so Miss Sloane was a special treat.
Bottom Line: A very interesting look at the complex system that is lobbying in the United States. The film isn’t really as pro gun or anti gun as you might think, rather it’s all about the corruption and dishonesty of politics. The film could have been arguing about the MacGuffin bill or Johnson rods and been just as effective.