Up In The Air follows Ryan Bingham through several major life changes and how he deals with these changes. Ryan Bingham works for a company that fires people for other companies. He is also a motivational speaker on the side.
The theme behind his speeches seems to be one of happiness through isolation with the big question being what is in your backpack and what weight are you carrying around on your shoulders. Bingham’s happiest times are in the air while traveling for his work and to his speeches. Bingham’ s life choice as a bachelor comes into question when he meets a woman much like himself and eventually falls for her. He must choose to follow his chosen path or to follow his feelings.
The other major change in his life is at work where they want to try firing people over web cam instead of in person, which means no more travel for Bingham. This is where we meet Natalie Keener a hot shot just out of college who wants to revolutionize the way their company fires people. Keener doesn’t understand the personal side of what Bingham does. He takes her on the road with him to try to show her that the personal touch is indeed required for what they do.
I don’t want to give away too much here, but Up In The Air is definatly a must see. You can really feel the humanity of the characters and the conflicts that arise when they are forced to make decisions that go against who they think they are. This is a well acted and beautifully shot movie.
I give Up In The Air 5 out of 5 Monkeys: