Set against the backdrop of Washington D.C., Miss Sloane is a movie about a political lobbyist who will stop at nothing to win. A Frank Underwood-esque persona (minus the real-life sexual assault allegations) that navigates her way through Congress and its members to push through any bill she is hired to defend. When another gun-related tragedy happens, a small organization tries to recruit Elizabeth Sloane to abandon the big bucks and, for once, work for the good guys. Consumed by her idea to win, she takes the case but soon learns that it hits home way too close.
Jessica Chastain’s performance as Sloane only illustrates the sheer talent that she possesses. In a tour-the-force, she embodies the fierce persona of Sloane as she is pitched against the National Rifle Association. The real-life group responsible for ducking away behind the second amendment which defends people’s rights to purchase and carry weapons.
Miss Sloane is a movie from 2016, inspired obviously by the numerous gun-related massacres in America. Even now, with Florida still fresh in memory and the movement that grew out of that tragedy, this movie is more relevant now than ever. The movie holds on to the realism that you cannot beat the NRA unless you have great influence. That you cannot win a gun-control legislation by playing nicely. Too many before Sloane have tried. Her methods are unconventional and her ways around Washington are surely unprecedented.
In the end, whether you see this movie as entertainment or as a study, it should give you proper insight into the gun-loving America of the National Rifle Association. How hard it is to fight an organization as big as them, and so loved by so many Americans who still believe that it’s the Wild West. Hiding behind a piece of paper that was signed in the time where it took you five minutes to reload one bullet into your rifle. Now kids can purchase military-grade AR15 Assault Rifles in a corner store.
Miss Sloane might be one of the most daring, underrated movies in modern cinematic history. Not because it’s a masterpiece of filmmaking, but because it dares to open up a conversation about the National Rifle Association, and offers an insight into why it’s so freakin’ hard to take chances when it comes to gun control. Oh, and Jessica Chastain is amazing in this one.