MOVIE REVIEW: Miss Sloane is entertaining and smart

Jessica Chastain in a scene from the movie Miss Sloane.
Jessica Chastain in a scene from the movie Miss Sloane. Kerry Hayes

IT is not often than the conflict portrayed on screen also happens to that same film in real life, but then not many films take on the American gun lobby.

In this superb film, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in Washington DC.

Known equally for her cunning and her track record of success, she has always done whatever is required to win.

She is ruthless, she is in control, she is powerful, and completely unapologetic for it.

When she decides to take on the most powerful opponent of her career, the gun lobby, she finds winning may come at too high a price.

The film Miss Sloane has been systematically attacked by pro-guns advocates in the US and it records thousands of low-scoring reviews on websites such as Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB.

But if you dig a bit deeper, all those low scores point to the same central thread: those people whose feel the film attacks gun ownership laws and America's Second Amendment.

So is it a good film? You bet it is.

So here is the deal: Sloane is such an interesting, ruthless, multi-dimensional, surprising and entertaining character, portrayed so well by Chastain that this film grabbed me and did not let go.

And the fact the gun lobby has attacked this film so much makes it a great incentive to go see it.

Also, the script and its writer are almost as legendary in Hollywood circles as the main character.

Jonathan Perera had never written a script but wanted to complete one, so he took a teaching job in Asia while he was studying scripts of Hollywood hits.

Once he completed a script he thought was of some value, he started to contact industry reps over the internet.

In less than one year, the script was acquired, attracted an Oscar-nominated director (John Madden) and actress, procured financing and distribution, and was put on a progress-to-production track.

That's a lightning-fast turnaround by Tinseltown standards.

Miss Sloane is a film that is unapologetic, entertaining, smart, compelling and full of social commentary that is worth watching.

Miss Sloane

Stars: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Director: John Madden

Rating: M

Verdict: 5/5 stars

Topics:  jessica chastain movies

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