Elizabeth Sloane is a lobbyist in Washington DC. She is known for her record of success and she does whatever it takes to win. She also aims to be one step ahead of her competition. The core of this film is the corruption and manipulation used by high-powered lobbyists in DC politics.
Lobbyists are wheeler-dealers and they will sell you a car even if you can’t drive or need one!! Despite the pressure against this film because of the assumed agenda for pro-gun-control, that is not the point this film is trying to make. Sloane will take any case that she thinks will advance her career and that she thinks she can win. She is cold and calculating and it doesn’t matter if she supports the cause she is lobbying. Winning is the end game for Sloane. There is a BIG twist at the end!! I thought this was too long and it goes over details for too long. 3* (This movie is OK)
132 min, Drama directed by John Madden with Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg, Christine Baranski, Alison Pill, John Lithgow, Jake Lacy, Meghann Fahy, Sam Waterston, Dylan Baker, Douglas Smith, Ennis Esmer.
Note: Imdb 7.4 out of 10, 75% critic 68% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2 ½*, Amazon 3.9* out of 5* with 217 reviews, Metacritic 64 out of 100 with 41 critics 6.5 out of 10 with 64 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in Cinespace Film Studios, The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The US gun lobbyists, the NRA and its supporters instituted an aggressive social media campaign to boycott this film. Supporters of Donald Trump also wanted to tarnish the credibility of this film. They believed the pro-gun-control message threatened their constitutional rights. The box-office momentum of the film was decreased but home video and digital HD fans have turned around the false rhetoric and manipulation of the ratings.