For a man ready to connect, director Jason Reitman (Juno, Thank you for Smoking) highlights the human disconnection involving his title character with humor and humility.
Up in the Air, the highly acclaimed film (six Golden Globe nominations, won for best screenplay) from Reitman, who is becoming an up and coming cinema-whiz like his father Ivan, concocts a slick, timely film that incorporates the perils of our nations recent economic troubles.
Enter Ryan Bingham,(George Clooney) a cool as ice corporate axe-man who travels by plane from city to city firing high-level employees. Ryan, clearly the man for the job because of a taut ability to avoid emotional connections, downsizes with an ease and callousness that-as only George Clooney could portray-becomes oddly charming and disarming.
As tears of terminated employees flow amongst the air of disbelief, (cleverly, Reitman uses real people who have recently been laid off from work) Ryan consoles and hands out literature that supposedly offers options and answers.
As the story progresses, we soon find out that there are changes coming within this challenging industry, as the company for which Ryan works decides it is better to remain efficient. Ryan, after many years, finds himself suddenly facing the idea of being "grounded" and we enter his life from the inside, getting a first-hand look at a man whose existence resembles the sterile, filtered components of an unoccupied fuselodge.
Upon meeting the leader of a most unwanted transition, an eagle eyed corporate clone by the name of Natalie Keener,(Anna Kendrick) Ryan, hardened and not willing to change, succumbs to the seemingly ridiculous and young-minded optimism that lies beneath her tough exterior.
The most difficult part of Up in the Air stems mainly from Natalie's saturated and unrealistic life expectations. But once one is able to understand the use of such a metaphoric characterization, the pieces fall in place, come downward from flight and arrive safely upon Reitman's careful study of what drives one man toward the mystery of self-isolation.
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