Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Now on Amazon Prime: Miss Sloane (2016)

Miss Sloane (2016) - Directed by John Madden; Written by Jonathan Perera; Starring Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg, Christine Baranski, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy, Sam Waterston, John Lithgow.

By Kenny Howell

Miss Sloane tries really hard.

That's kind of the problem. It wants so desperately to be edgy, political and smart, but it really isn't any of those things. It's the type of movie that Aaron Sorkin would make into a enthralling, maybe a bit annoying, work, but outside of his hands it is just kind of dull.

Jessica Chastain (Interstellar) plays the titular character, a Washington D.C. lobbyist who rejects a job from the gun lobby that would have catered toward women, making guns more attractive to them. Instead, she ends up working for the opposition, a Brady bill group that wants to get some kind of momentum going against the powerful gun lobby.

Sloane uses some pretty unethical means to achieve that, and it blows up in her face. She then faces a Senate hearing on her actions that could put her in prison and end her career. She tries to stay one step ahead of her accusers, which is what gained her so much acclaim.

I don't know at what point Chastain became the tough, no nonsense actress, because her best roles have never been that. As good as Zero Dark Thirty was, and as good as she was, there were moments when it seemed so forced. That is multiplied here, as the film strains so hard to be something it is not. And it's not as if the pieces are bad either, the filmmakers just don't know how to capitalize on it.

Miss Sloane is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

Rating: **1/2

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