Written November 12, 2009
Up in the Air - adapted for the screen from Walter Kim's novel of the same name by director Jason Reitman(Thank You for Smoking, JUNO) who also screen-wrote the script with Sheldon Turner has a unique opening sequence of aerial views of the earth/ground that was also used sporadically in the movie as a continuity device - a good example of beautiful cinematography.
George Clooney and Vera Farmiga(wonderful on-screen chemistry) were supported by a talented cast that comprise Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Danny McBride, Amy Morton, Melanie Lynskey, etc. In the 'documentary' segments of the movie, this technically excellent well-directed 109-min movie also featured real-life people who have recently lost their jobs.
George Clooney played the role of a 'termination engineer' whose personal goal was to reach 10 million frequent-flyer miles. He may amass a lot of f-f miles but he has zero personal life - until he met Alex (Vera Farmiga).
Overall, a excellent movie.
Written January 01, 2010
Further proof the critics don't know what they are talking about. This movie was not a 4 start movie. It is depressing and mind numbing, I almost walked out.
Written January 02, 2010
This is a poor movie and those involved should be ashamed of themselves. Essentially makes a mockery of those people that are let go from their jobs. I hope George, et al, enjoy their $$ from treating this topic so insensitively. I wonder if they would do it again if they experienced being on the other side of that table getting fired.
Written March 01, 2010
I HAVE SO MUCH TO SAY I AM JUST GOING TO REFER YOU TO REDYEAH AND LOVESTALENTMOVIEFAN. WHAT THEY SAID!!!!!!! AWESOME PICTURE
Written January 01, 2010
This movie was a sad commentary on today's society - an uncaring, self-centered population. George Clooney was his usual good looking self, but so self absorbed and detached. The young woman he was mentoring was a typical college grad of this time, knows everything in books, nothing about real life. I don't want to leave the movie in a pall of depression a kin to death. I prefer movies that are realistic, redeeming, and show the positive side of the human condition. I would not recommend this film to anyone during the holidays too many folks have already lost their jobs and the economy is tanked - you don't need a movie to remind you about how bad things really are. And who could live with themselves if they had to fly around firing folks - you would have to be an empty shell of a person, which George portrays in this movie. George does a good job of portraying the character, but he is not anyone I would like to be associated with - go see something uplifting & entertaining