Miss Sloane


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.



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5 Responses to Miss Sloane

  1. mediaphiles says:

    I never saw this movie as one I’d want to see. I thought it was too political, and another example of a failed professional woman who chooses her career over other parts of her life – after all, a woman cannot balance both, according to Hollywood. I appreciate your review, however, and can see the intrigue of the film in watching an outwardly stoic woman spiral out of control.

    -Meg Schmit

  2. mediaphiles says:

    I love Jessica Chastain and really appreciate you bringing this movie to light. I didn’t know about it and love the idea of showing Lobbyists in a bad light. It sounds a little similar to House of Cards except more focused on just the lobbyist.

    – Russell Lawrence

  3. mediaphiles says:

    I’ve heard good things about it before! Now I think I must see it. I think Jessica Chastain is an amazing actress. The way you describe the movie, I think it is exciting!
    -Kevin Yu

  4. mediaphiles says:

    Is it bad I don’t recall this film coming out !? After reading your blog it seems like a interesting film… I may have to check it out in the near future.

    – John Armstrong

  5. mediaphiles says:

    I think Jessica Chastain is amazing in every role she plays. She’s really proved herself as a chameleon—will definitely have to check her out in this!


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