State of Play

State of Play

DVD - 2009
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When D.C. reporter Cal McCaffrey is assigned to investigate the murder of an assistant to an up-and-coming politician, he uncovers a conspiracy that threatens to bring down the nation's power structures. In a town of spin-doctors and wealthy power brokers, he will discover one truth: when fortunes are at stake, no one's integrity, love, or life is safe.

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Onewhoissaved
Mar 27, 2017

The acting overall is good. The probability of the story line unfolding this way is predicated on a single character's morality or is it lack of morality. The American public loves conspiracy and we are willing to believe that the people in Washington bath in tubs of it. I have never been a fan of Ben Affleck and this movie bears it out. He's too stiff and aloof to be electable by people: all elections are popularity contests and popular he isn't. Jeff Daniels is a Congressman and he too presents a persona of "can't touch me". If these two represent Washington at its' core then give me an island of 25 inhabitants where the tide rules our lives. Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren, and Rachel McAdams are good here but I don't know any real reporters to know how to compare them to them. More interesting than the all the actors here and the story itself is the actual author of State of Play: Paul Abbott. Paul Abbott comes from the most dysfunctional family I have personally heard about. His experiences in life go beyond 'beyond'. I dare normal thinking people who come from a non-traumatic life to come up with the stuff that Abbott can.

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capitalcity
Aug 17, 2015

Pitiful and pathetic. An incoherent, inarticulate, attention deficit disorder script (six hours compressed into two) that serves as a make work scheme for actors/actresses in dire neeed of a paycheque. Result: a sleepwalking effort. State of Play, nothing more than a hackjob copy production of the splendid BBC series, merely underlines the creative bankruptcy that Hollywood is mired in today.

Marinetti Jul 24, 2015

Sloppy Hollywood remake of an infinitely superior British version ( made in 2008 with Bill Nighy ). Russell Crowe gives a decent performance.

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vv8
Jul 09, 2015

This twisty, suspenseful movie easily held my attention and kept me guessing!

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

A newspaper team investigating the suicide of a prominent senator’s mistress realize they have more on their hands when the clues they uncover seem to link her with the murder of a petty thief a day earlier. Following the trail a conspiracy theory begins to emerge involving bribes, crooked politics, and a sinister defense contractor currently under investigation by the dead woman’s lover. As the team continues to flesh out the story the head reporter begins to have a conflict of interest for not only is he a personal friend of the senator, he also has a romantic history with the man’s wife. Kevin Macdonald has fashioned a tightly paced potboiler simmering with adrenaline and mounting paranoia, and with stars Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck playing off each other it’s certainly easy to watch. Too bad he expects us to accept a string of convenient coincidences, a rather lame twist, and an ending awash in genre clichés. This is the type of thriller the admen like to label as pulse-pounding and breathless, I just found it tired but still watchable.

atomix Sep 27, 2014

Strong start, but the intensity falls off quickly. Crowe is solid. Rachel Macadams plays her role all wrong. Bad direction or writing, or both.

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pegasus71
May 09, 2014

This is a slick Hollywood thriller which despite an A-List cast including Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren, Robin Penn Wright, and Rachel McAdams ends up being a convoluted plot mish mash fusing Congressional double dealing, corporate espionage, intertwined sexual relationships, and various murders, all of which is lodged within a framework of highly charged yet stereotypical newspaper politics. It’s a movie version of a BBC series and probably suffers from trying to pack too much within the much shorter confines of a feature film. Nevertheless, it does hold one’s attention and is, I would say, entertaining. Something to watch for relaxation in between more heavy duty cinematic fare.

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WordWoman007
Mar 15, 2014

I wanted to compare this with the original BBC series (6 episodes), so I watched it first, and then I watched this movie version. Let me save you two hours of your life: Skip the movie and stick with the original British version. It is SO much better in every way. To name two main differences, the plot is much more interesting, and the actors are perfect for their roles. In the American movie, I realize that there had to be many cuts to make the story fit into two hours, but the movie is the poorer for it. The changes make the movie more predictable. Furthermore, the casting reflects poor choices in the movie. I hate what they've done with the character of Della Smith (Della Frye in the movie), and Rachel McAdams is completely miscast, as are Ben Affeck, Robin Wright, Jeff Daniels, and Helen Mirren (and I like those actors in other roles). Bill Nighy, James McAvoy, and the rest of the British cast give us spot-on, memorable performances. Stick with the British version if you really want to see State of Play.

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Ron@Ottawa
Oct 28, 2013

Too much was cramped into the 2 hours, making the plot often hard to follow. So it is just an 'OK' thriller despite the cast.

aaa5756 Oct 08, 2013

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. This movie was predictable but still entertaining. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

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Jun 06, 2011

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aaa5756 Oct 08, 2013

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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