When recession hit the world, the United States took the biggest blow. As a result companies had to cut back on their employees. Ryan’s job is to do exactly that. He is hired by companies to do the dirty work and tell the employees that they are being ‘let go.’
The job requires him to travel the globe over 300 days in a year and the man has no complaints. He has a systematic routine, a highly organized stroller and glides through the security procedure like a professional. Ryan feels the stable things in life- a house, personal possessions, relationships- are excess baggage and treats his suitcase like his home. He feels so strongly about it that he actually earns money by giving lectures about it when he has the time.
When he meets Alex (Vera Farmiga), a woman on the same wavelength, at an airport lounge, travel lingo is the dirty talk and travel miles are a size that matter. They swap schedules and try to match destinations thereafter. When his boss calls him home to Omaha, his dream of completing his target traveler miles are shattered by the news that he is literally grounded due to changes in the working system.
Infuriated, he does everything he can to ‘stay on the road’, including taking Natalie (Anna Kendrick), the young lady who is the brain behind the revolution. As different as chalk and cheese, the two make for some amusing moments.
Ryan transitions as he goes through a sister’s wedding, being grounded and in a casual relationship. It’s a witty and amusing journey one travels with Ryan and one you will definitely enjoy. George Clooney, with his wicked smile, plays the cynical bad boy to perfection and is matched one witty line after another by Vera.
The title may say ‘Up in the Air’ but Jason Reitman is one grounded filmmaker.
Contributed by Raashi Malhotra