It's Thursday and that can only mean one thing... it's Theater Thursday! Every Thursday, I take a movie that I've recently watched and talk about it. It's always a movie that isn't in the theater and is available to watch at home. This week's featured movie is, Up In The Air.
Up In The Air stars George Clooney as Ryan Bingham, a man who fires people for a living. He travelled over 350,000 miles last year and he's working his way to 10 million. He shows one airline his loyalty and is making it his own goal to become one of 7 people to hit that 10 million mark. He gets a major hit to his goal though when his company decides to try out firing people over video teleconference instead of sending guys like Ryan out to fire them in person. The person driving the idea of firing by video conference is Natalie (Anna Kendrick), a young girl who doesn't have a lot of life experience and who's never actually fired anyone... ever.
Before they start the video firing, Ryan takes Natalie out on the road to show her what it's really like to fire someone. While on the road Ryan meets a lady who starts to make him think that he wants more than to be on the road 350,000 miles a year. Natalie on the other hand has to learn how hard it is to fire someone and watch the outcome. It surprises her how hard it is and how great Ryan is at his job. She realizes that maybe they really do need a human touch.
Ryan on the other hand is starting to wonder if he needs to come off the road. When he meets Alex he realizes the connection that he's been missing. Is it something he really wants?