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Up in the Air (2009)

Written By Awir Aditya on Thursday, March 4, 2010 | 9:11 AM

Genre: Drama/Romance/Comedy

Starring: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick

How does it feel to have a fortune of money but yet no home? Ryan Bingham (Clooney) is just that kind of guy and he loves his life. His house is up, up in the air in an aeroplane. Travelling 323 days in a year is no joke but he loves his well-synchronised routine and cant ask for anything better. He fires people for a living on behalf of company bosses who don't have the guts to do it. His own boss has a new MBA recruit who wants to cut down on the costs agents such as Ryan incur with all their travelling and proposes to conduct the lay-offs via video conferencing. Ryan is disappointed with Natalie's (Kendrick) proposal and feels as if he has been kicked out of his home, which in a way he has. He wants to prove that Natalie is wrong and people cannot be fired over the Internet and hence decides to take her along in his nation-wide tour. Ryan has a very mechanical lifestyle and prefers to stay away from relationships of any kind, be it family or love. He hooks up with Alex (Farmiga) whose life is similar to his and they both spend the night together whenever they are in the same city. Natalie and Ryan spend a lot of time together and get know each other. Each one shares delicate aspects of their lives with the other and they slowly watch their life transform in front of them. Although the movie may sound very typical, it is difficult to judge the outcome. The movie starts off on the right foot and somewhere before the half-way mark it loses focus which it only regains towards the end. The performances are stunning with George Clooney being the spectacular person that he is. The movie does feel a little slow and longer than its actual run time, but is a good watch overall and is not to be missed.

Thumbs up: Mr. Clooney
Thumbs down: The middle 45-odd minutes being slow

Rating: 7.7/10
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