Director: John Madden. Cast: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Lithgow, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sam Waterston. 132 min. Rated R. France/USA. Drama/Thriller.
The life of a Washington lobbyist. The plot is about how she is recruited to help consolidate the National Rifle Association's claws on politics, how she switches sides against the gun lobby, and how they pledge to destroy her. But the real theme is the lobbyist's cold way of thinking, acting and living - and that, is an image we've rarely been exposed to on film. Chastain (like always) is superb at undertaking that cold presence, and while the twist ending is hard to believe, it scores high for enchanting entertainment.