Miss Sloane remains one of the most sought-after lobbyists in Washington, D.C. When asked to help oppose a bill that imposes regulations on firearms, she instead joins a scrappy boutique firm that represents the backers of the law. Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain)
Elizabeth Sloane determination is to win now makes her the target of powerful new enemies who threaten her career and the people she cares about.
But when she takes on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds that winning may come at too high a price. Jessica Chastain is terrific as a woman playing the man’s game of high stakes politics. Supporting cast is uniformly first rate.
Lobbying is about foresight
Anticipating your opponent’s moves and advising counting measures and using whatever resource you have is the way you win. The winner plots one step ahead of the opposition. It’s about making sure you surprise them and they don’t surprise you. A pill-popping, spike-heel-wearing lobbyist, her singular quality is ambition, and her only two human traits are reading John Grisham novels and sleeping with male escorts.
Miss Sloane is structured around a Senate hearing in which Liz is grilled by a panel of politicians on charges that she bribed public officials
This is all in front of the fascinated eyes of the world’s press. The timeline then jumps back a few months to show Liz working at one of Washington’s top lobbying firms, deftly arranging trips to five-star resorts in Indonesia for politicians in favor of palm oil tariffs, and lecturing her troop of young acolytes about the dos and don’ts of making it in This Town. Portrayals of Washington and its most unscrupulous residents are only likely to continue over the next four years, so it would be gratifying if some of them could conjure up fresher takes than this grim portrait of a festering swamp.