Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) fires people for a living. He does this by flying all over the country, gathering up air miles by the millions, to deliver the bad news with the spin that the people losing their jobs can do better now they are free (there is truth to that, but, the person has to be the right type). Ryan’s goal in life is to reach 10 million miles on American Airlines so he can meet with the head pilot and get one of only 7 cards in existence that will give him unfettered access to anything American Airlines.
Quite a life’s goal: All at the expense of a heart, family, stability, and a place to call home.
Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga) is just like Ryan except she has a “real life”, fewer mileage goals, and considers the fling she is having with Ryan just that: A fling…..a “parenthesis” around her (real life).
Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick) is fresh out of college with a great idea: Use video conferencing (you’re welcome) to save money on travel, and just lay off people virtually. Ryan hates the idea and asks his boss, Craig (Jason Bateman), if he can take Natalie with him on the next round of layoffs.
Her eyes are opened to the real world of laying people off especially when one of the people she lays off kills herself.
“Up In The Air” is an excellent movie showing the human suffering when one gets laid off, the use of a really cool technology (it was my life, I have to say that) to save money on travel, and the self-imposed loneliness / seclusion of someone who chooses to travel constantly.
Worth the rental fee and a couple hours of your time. The cast is great.
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