“Miss Sloane” Review ✦✦✦✧✧

17 May, 2017

Director: John Madden
Screenwriter: Jonathan Perera
Director of Photography: Sebastian Blenkov
Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, Mark Strong

Synopsis: At the height of her career, a hard-headed lobbyist struggles to account for her actions after her previous colleagues attempt to frame her during a bitter political campaign involving the Second Amendment.

Miss Sloane Review:

Unable to fill the requirements of a full-blown courtroom drama, “Miss Sloane” is a film of intentional divisions, spreading its time between multiple lines of interest as its titular protagonist puts her skill-set to the test in a politically-motivated game of snakes and ladders. Disillusioned by the intentions of her clients and acutely aware of the puppeteering that has afforded her professional prosperity, Sloane pines for substance in a career built on interpersonal manipulation, playing her finest hand in a poker-faced round of manipulation as her sociopathic sixth sense sniffs out weakness in the toughest of candidates.

Hitting both rivals and allies with the same forceful left hook, Sloane fights dirty, shaming and cornering her feeblest cohorts as her inability to play by the rules produces results in unexpected places. Reliant on the emotional dissonance of her rigid associates, Jessica Chastain’s performance takes a jarring turn as her outward lack of empathy produces results outside of the trappings of compassion while the film’s seemingly anti-gun narrative leaves viewers conflicted about the true intentions of its writers.

Attempting to avoid right-wing criticism, “Miss Sloane” allows for numerous political blind spots as its empathy for liberal propaganda goes unmatched by the presence of a predominantly self-serving protagonist. Falling on deaf ears outside of the United States, the movie depicts a war fought solely on American soil as European viewers struggle to empathise with a society where firearms are legalised while cottoning on to the futility of the film’s central debate. Like watching an exhausting episode of “Scandal” or “House of Cards”, “Miss Sloane” is a professional roller-coaster with predictable peaks and troughs leading to a standout finale where Sloane’s place as a pill-popping career woman is solidified by the ulterior motives of her elusive campaign.


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