The Art of War meets John Grisham in Miss Sloane. The movie follows a cerebral, unscrupulous D.C. lobbyist who quits her high-powered job to work for an underdog firm lobbying to pass a bill that would require stricter background checks on gun sales. If you can set aside your own prejudices about gun control and Liberal Message Movies, you should be able to enjoy Miss Sloane because it’s a solid piece of entertainment. It’s tightly plotted, adequately shot and edited, and peopled by quick-witted characters who speak like they were written by Aaron Sorkin. Conversely, the airport fiction DNA of Miss Sloane works to its detriment: The goal of each scene is to unload lots of information to move the plot forward; consequently, the movie gets trapped in a breathless rhythm, there are no digressions, and mood and atmosphere take a back seat. And, although it’s fresh to see high-powered women instead of high-powered men, there are clichés, like the hooker with the heart of gold (albeit a male hooker). Miss Sloane, the character played by Jessica Chastain, is a cynical character, yet Miss Sloane the movie, like a typical John Grisham novel, has an optimistic belief in justice prevailing. Aw.
By Alec Julian & Carrie White