A rising congressman, Stephen Collins (Affleck), and a D.C. investigative journalist, Cal McCaffrey (Crowe) are old friends who become embroiled in a case of seemingly unrelated, brutal murders. When Stephen's research assistant (and secret mistress) is killed, Cal and his partner Della (McAdams) are assigned by their ruthless boss (Mirren) to get the story. An engrossing political conspiracy thriller/murder mystery, even if it lacks a bit in character development. Also serves as a commentary on the limitations of journalism in the face of the D.C. political machine. Adapted from the complicated 2003 BBC miniseries, which was better-suited to explore plot twists and the players involved.
The BBC mini-series version of State of Play is one of the most acclaimed things to ever appear on television stateside or across the pond. The truncated, defanged, and neutralized theatrical version of essentially the same bare bones of the story - directed by Kevin Macdonald and starring Russell Crowe, ...Read More
an intelligent film that captivates from start to finish yellowjacket at 2009-09-17 00:17:13
The intrigue, conspiracy and drama present in this movie are off the charts. It's truly an intelligent film that captivates from start to finish. I didn't particularly like the final twist but it all makes sense. On a structural note, I find it ironic that the crusading media is portrayed as the constant moral compass and is the hero of the film when, in real life, journalism is now all about the presentation of different levels of liberal falsities. As for the performances, Russell Crowe and the ENTIRE cast are simply superb... everyone is top level talent on the top of their game. I can't remember a recent movie where the supporting players are this good. Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels and even Helen Mirren have very small roles but all have a huge impact on the film. Affleck and McAdams do a great job as well.