Sunday, December 11, 2016

Miss Sloane Movie Review

Jessica Chastain stars in Miss Sloane

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Rotten Tomatoes Plot: In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in DC. Known equally for her cunning and her track record of success, she has always done whatever is required to win. But when she takes on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds that winning may come at too high a price. Directed by John Madden.

Remember the "This is your brain on drugs" ad campaign in the late 1980s? Miss Sloane is a modern political thriller after a "double espresso" or an ounce of coke (depending on what you can handle.) Chastain delivers a good (sorry, not great) performance; but she spends 132 minutes in fifth gear... a tornado of fast talking and texting that comes this close to requiring subtitles (anything to slow it down.) Jonathan Perera's debut screenplay packs plenty of punch and a few surprises; but I'd gladly trade one of those twists for a yellow light or two. Less is more.

Grade: C+