Up in the Air

16 01 2010

A beautiful and timely film about an isolated man, with no real home or family, who fires people for a living. I really can’t think of a more appropriate film to end the decade with.  It touches on so many relevant subjects from the poor economy and the subsequent unemployment crisis to our increasing obsession with technology and lack of true communication.

George Clooney fits his role as a “career transition counselor” perfectly.  He’s constantly flying all over the country, living in hotels and without any solid long-term relationships.  You get the impression that it’s pretty similar to Clooney’s actual life, which gives his character that much more weight. 

RATING:  8.5/10

P.S. Here’s a quote I enjoyed from director Jason Reitman:

“I’m equally guilty of using technology — I Twitter, I text people, I chat. But I think there’s something strangely insidious about it that it makes us think we’re closer when in fact we’re not seeing each other, we’re not connecting. So in a strange way, technology’s kind of like an airport. It makes you feel like you’re everywhere when in fact, you’re nowhere.”

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