Director: Jason Reitman Screenplay: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, adapted from a novel by Walter Kirn Cast: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Bateman Time: 111min Age Restriction: 13L
Up In The Air reveals the importance of relationships and the different expressions of people's need for human contact.
Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) fires people for a living. The agency he works for hires him out to companies who can't face letting people go themselves. He therefore spends something like 324 days of the year Up In The Air travelling and an airport is his idea of home.
He loves this lifestyle, but when a young woman joins the agency with ideas to revolutionise the industry, he faces spending the rest of his life working from the same office every day.
At first you will be seduced by the apparent "freedom" of Ryan's glamorous, jet-setting lifestyle, but Up In The Air nimbly exposes the true emptiness of his life when he's forced out of the hollow hustle and bustle of commuting strangers.
This man is an island with streams of people flowing past him continuously, but his isolation is only revealed to him through encounters with two women, one of whom seems to be his female parallel, the other who is the polar opposite.
Be prepared for witty one-liners, sailor's swearing, provoked thought and a twist that will make you catch your breath.