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Up In The Air [Blu-ray]

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Ryan Bingham (Academy Award-® winner George Clooney) is truly living the high life. Flying all over the world on business he never stops moving...until he meets Alex a fellow passenger and learns that life isn't about the journey but the connections we make along the way. Acclaimed by critics and audiences everywhere Up in the Air is light and dark hilarious and tragic bouncy and brainy romantic and real. - Owen Glieberman Entertainment Weekly. "Up in the Air transforms some painful subjects into smart, sly comedy--with just enough of the pain underneath to give it some weight. Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) spends most of his days traveling around the country and firing people; he's hired by bosses who don't have the nerve to do their layoffs themselves. His life of constant flight suits him--he wants no attachments. But two things suddenly threaten his vacuum-sealed world: his company decides to do layoffs via video conference so they don't have to pay for travel, and Bingham meets a woman named Alex (Vera Farmiga, The Departed), who seems to be the female version of him... and of course, he starts to fall in love. Writer-director Jason Reitman is building a career from funny but thoughtful movies about compromised people--a pregnant teen in Juno, a cigarette-company executive in Thank You for Smoking. George Clooney has a gift for playing smart men who aren't quite as smart as they think they are (Michael Clayton, Out of Sight). The combination is perfect: Bingham is charming and sympathetic but clearly missing something, and Up in the Air captures that absence with clarity and compassion. The outstanding supporting cast includes Anna Kendrick (Rocket Science), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Danny McBride (Pineapple Express), Melanie Lynskey (Away We Go), and others, each small part pitched exactly right." --Bret Fetzer

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4.0 out of 5 stars "Your position is no longer available." April 9 2010
Ryan Bingham's (George Clooney) job is to fly around the country and fire people for companies who don't want to do it themselves. He likes his work and his life, which is uncomplicated by relationships or domestic demands. On one stop-over, however, Ryan meets a female version of himself (Vera Farmiga) and sparks fly.

The success of this movie must be due entirely to the charm of its leading man, because it is in no other way unusual or special. Clooney is quite likable playing his usual confident smooth-talker and Farmiga is good in an undemanding role but not worthy of an Oscar nomination, in my opinion. The plot is pleasant enough, but hardly memorable, so I don't understand all the excitement about it. It was just okay for me. 3.5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films in recent years March 29 2012
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Jason Reitman has directed four full-length films and I love them all. Thank You for Smoking and Young Adult are very good, while Juno and Up in the Air are close to perfect. All are a combination of drama and comedy, but Up in the Air has more dramatic elements than the other three.

Ryan Bingham (Clooney) spends most of his life traveling. He flies from one city to another to fire people on behalf of companies who don't want to perform the task. We are told that he spent 322 days on the road the previous year. Although that kind of life would be detested by most people, Bingham likes it. He lives in hotels and his apartment is just an extension of that environment.

The rest of Bingham's time is taken up by giving motivational speeches. His philosophy states that our lives are filled with meaningless possessions, so he asks us to imagine starting over. He also believes that people are weighed down by the relationships in their lives. Whether it's friends, work colleagues, family members or romantic partners, they can be the most significant burdens we face. As a result, Bingham doesn't allow himself to get close to anybody in any type of relationship.

Does that sound depressing? Many of the people who dislike the film cite that as the main reason. I find it poignant, charming, intelligent and very funny.

Bingham's existence is threatened when a potential innovation is considered by his company. Instead of sending representatives all over America, the company may switch to firing people remotely using an Internet connection. The scheme is suggested by Natalie (Kendrick), who is young, eager and ambitious. Bingham insists that she doesn't have a clue about the reality of his job and he's given the task of showing her how it works.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Two formulas merge and fizzle July 25 2010
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
We have seen the two formulas separately. One where the stoic individual that need no one breaks down in the end and even wants to be a part of something; this can be the start of something big. The second formula is firing people or tearing down a company. Waite did not we see this vary same combination in "Office Space", "Cash McCall", "Pretty Woman" etc.

So being left without innovation we are left with acting. Hey, wasn't George Clooney great in "Solaris" (2002) where he showed emotion or "Ocean's Eleven" (2001) where he showed action, now we get cardboard.

We start from nowhere go to nowhere. Moreover, do nothing. The only redeeming social value was the lady (Vera Farmiga) wearing the tie; now that was class.

I only saw the Blu-ray version so I cannot compare. However, the voice over commentary helps you figure out what the purpose of the film was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Drama June 1 2010
By Eddie Nguyen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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'Up In The Air' reminded me a great deal of 'About Schmidt' - with that pure midwest flavor. This is George Clooney at his best in drama. This pic was advertized as comedy but is far from it. This story was marvelous rich drama. I was quite surprised at the depth & dramatic appeal. I would recommend this flick to anyone who loves a real story without Hollywood mucking it up with 'happy ever after'.
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