Miss Sloane (15)

Thriller (2016)
132mins Fr/US

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Michael Stuhlbarg
Director: John Madden
Writer(s): Jonathan Perera
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Washington D.C. lobbyist Elizabeth Sloane will stop at nothing to ensure the men and women of Capitol Hill bend to her will. The Heaton-Harris bill, which proposes all gun purchases should be accompanied with more thorough background checks, is about to go before Congress. Rodolfo Schmidt from lobbying firm Peterson Wyatt asks Elizabeth to lead support for the bill and she readily agrees, bringing her staff with her.

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Miss Sloane (15)

On the campaign trail, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promised to "drain the swamp" in Washington D.C. and restore integrity to American politics. The lead character of John Madden's riveting political thriller is one of those egregious pond-dwellers. Portrayed to icy perfection by two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Sloane is a cut-throat lobbyist, who shrewdly anticipates her opponents' moves and devises cunning counter-measures as she manipulates the hearts and minds of power players on Capitol Hill...

Miss Sloane. Copyright: 2016 EuropaCorp - France 2 Cinema. Caption: Jessica Chastain stars in Miss Sloane. Photo: Kerry Hayes. All Rights Reserved.A pill-popping insomniac with trump cards up her designer label sleeves, she's a delicious anti-heroine for a modern age of appearance-driven politics - someone to secretly root for as she unapologetically wrecks lives in her relentless pursuit of glory. Like Glenn Close's duplicitous Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons, Elizabeth is a self-made angel of destruction, who snarls at the supposed frailties of her sex. Time is money and scratching a carnal itch is rationalised as a transaction devoid of sentiment, sealed with an envelope of cash for a hunky male escort (Jake Lacy). "Why don't you quit?" a colleague asks, when the odds stacked against her appear insurmountable. "And do what?" she counters tartly.

First-time scriptwriter Jonathan Perera arms his crisply suited combatants with whip-smart dialogue for bruising verbal exchanges. Winning, at any price, favours the wilfully reckless. Elizabeth's current firm of Cole Kravitz & Waterman, headed by George Dupont (Sam Waterston), implores her to lobby against the contentious Heaton-Harris bill, which is poised to go before Congress and proposes more rigorous background checks for firearm purchases. She refuses and defects to rivals Peterson Wyatt, run by Rodolfo Schmidt (Mark Strong), taking with her four ambitious juniors: Alex (Douglas Smith), Brian (Ennis Esmer), Franklin (Noah Robbins) and Lauren (Grace Lynn Kung). Surprisingly, her personal assistant Jane (Alison Pill) refuses to bite the legal hand that feeds her and remains at Cole Kravitz & Waterman. "You are delusional if you think you can survive without me," snarls Elizabeth. In modest, new surroundings, Elizabeth tests her reputation as a woman with a "gold medal in ethical limbo" by marshalling support for the bill. She personally selects Peterson Wyatt high-flyer Esme Manucharian (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) as the campaign's media figurehead. Elizabeth's tactics reap rewards and, in retaliation, Dupont searches for evidence of illegal practices that will force his former golden girl to stand trial at a hearing chaired by Congressman Ron M Sperling (John Lithgow).

Miss Sloane unfolds largely in flashback in order to conceal scriptwriter Perera's sly plotting. Chastain is imperious, revealing tiny chinks in her character's polished armour as she teeters precariously on the precipice of self-annihilation. Robust support from co-stars and more than one final reel surprise ensure we're avid spectators to this modern-day hunger games of brazen one-upwomanship.

- Sam Cannon

Miss Sloane. Copyright: 2016 EuropaCorp - France 2 Cinema. Caption: Jessica Chastain stars in Miss Sloane. Photo: Kerry Hayes. All Rights Reserved.

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