by Catherine Maier
This political thriller about Miss Sloane, played by Jessica Chastain, is a powerful film that was released in 2016 about the ruthless and relentless lobbyist herself. The film tracks Miss Sloane through her time at a more conservative lobbying firm and then her drastic exit from the firm regarding a gun lobby. Her underlying motivations are clear from the beginning; she will so anything in her power to win.
The film was captivating in how it followed Miss Sloane and exposed aspects of her as an individual that have truly shaped who she is. Her addiction to pills, presumably some sort of adderall or speed, is shown through her inability to sleep and her consistently being up at all house or the night. This addiction is fed by her instinctual nature to always be ahead and win. This habit allows her to always be on her A game, be aggressive, and go after what she wants.
Along with her addiction that manifests throughout the film, we are introduced to the lack of a social life that she has. Her work is everything – she even must pay for any sexual or intimate interaction or relationship that she wants. I saw this as an issue pertaining to how she chooses to allocate her time. She is always so focused and driven by her work that she doesn’t wish to spend time in other areas of life that may not directly pertain to her work.
I carefully watched how her addiction to a drug and to her work started to build up and take over her life. She was seemingly unable to deal with conflict and unable to have true relationships. You watch this woman, outwardly undefeatable, completely implode in a way that is unlike what we have seen. I thought the film did a wonderful job of exposing the nature of lobbying but also but exposing how it is that a profession and addiction can potentially lead to complete destruction.
If you are looking for an interesting political thriller regarding a powerful and successful woman, then I would recommend this. Jessica Chastain was a great actress and embodied the character of Miss Sloane.