Director: John Madden
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country of Origin: USA 2017 129 mins. (15)
Released by e One
Elizabeth Sloan (Jessica Chastain), a top of the pile Washington lobbyist, may work for George Dupont (Sam Waterston) but she's the focused, energy filled, hired to win, core of the business and a look back to a Senate hearing offers a taste of her cut-and-thrust approach with hard hitting Congressman Ron Sperling (John Lithgow).
When asked by a powerful gun lobby to kill a bill a bill regulating the sale of firearms, Sloan's conscience kicks in and it's up and out with her band of loyal young lobbyists and a move over to Rondolfo Schmidt's (Mark Strong) small lobbyists firm leaving former colleague Jane Molloy (Alison Pill) sitting alone in the enemy camp.
Elizabeth Sloan's top of the pile but she's not a happy lady. Insomnia, prescription pills, emotions screwed tight, paid escorts for sex and with the powerful gun lobby in her sights, life is one big adrenalin rush.
Jessica Chastain, stiletto heels, ruby red lipstick and a go for the kill, acidic tongue, carries the film with a centre stage, hit it head on, full time, powerful performance. Editing down would have offfered a leaner touch and the script's a bit iffy at times, but plots and sub-plots pop up with twists and turns and with good support performances, it's an entertaining watch.