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State of Play
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Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's contender for the upcoming presidential race. Until his research assistant/mistress is brutally murdered and buried secrets come tumbling out.
There have been plenty of Hollywood adaptations of British television dramas. David Yates's 2003 six-parter brought together a stellar cast of British talent with a complex plot of intrigue and a political conspiracy that showed just how good a writer Paul Abbott was. A BBC drama that had a compelling story-line, is wasn't a surprise that a Hollywood movie based on his work would be forthcoming.
Scottish director Kevin McDonald has made some interesting career decisions. From an Oscar winning documentary to another about a legendary musical icon, he's flirted both with Hollywood and his own more personal interests. His Americanization of Abbott's drama does work a treat though. Moving the story to Washington and tweaking the plot to incorporate…
Although some of the plot is revealed in a very convenient and effortless ways, State of Play is still a solid political thriller packed with good performances but nothing that stands out.
With fine performances from the entire cast, solid direction from Kevin Macdonald, and an engaging and interesting plot, "State of Play" makes for a really entertaining and very underrated political thriller.
Kevin Mcdonald's remake of the brilliant British tv series has it's flaws but manages to engage at an intellectual level missing from a lot of American remakes.
When a research assistant for a U.S congressman is killed under a sub-way train a labyrinthian conspiracy transpires. Although starring Russell Crowe,Ben Affleck,Rachel Mcadams and Helen (I definitely would) Mirren it has an almost indie feel to it. A great story and some fine acting make this a great film with believable connotations of what can happen when big business tampers with government agendas. Steeped in mystery and suspense this has you guessing right to the last minute as to the true nature of everyone's involvement. Although missing the wit of Bill Nighy from the original series this is a well made well paced thriller with fine performances all around. They even make Robin Wright Penn look respectable for once. Thrilling.
State of Play is a solid political thriller with great performances, some very thrilling scenes, and a great story that was very well thought out and executed. Russell Crowe was simply phenomenal here. Giving a deep and layered performance with passion and emotion, Crowe delivers some of his finest work, which is saying a lot. Ben Affleck is also very good here, although his character could have been developed a bit more. The rest of the star-filled cast includes Helen Mirren, Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Daniels, Jason Bateman, and many more who all turn in solid supporting work. The script here is very well done, with great lines of dialogue that flow nicely. I was intrigued by the story…
Kevin MacDonald's terrific political thriller is based on the Paul Abbott TV series that I haven't seen. I just saved you 30 seconds asking me that!
State Of Play is a film that I enjoyed for two reasons - firstly because I really enjoyed it, and secondly because it reminded me of All The President's Men and Defence Of The Realm. I think any film that does that and makes me want to rewatch both of them (like, right this minute) is alright with me.
It gets a couple of things wrong, for me. I didn't think much of Rachel McAdams here. I couldn't figure out if she was miscast (I don't…
Nicht nur wer eine Schwäche für klassische „Reporter enthüllen Verschwörung“-Thriller hat, kommt hier auf seine Kosten. Daumen hoch für die Regie von Kevin MacDonald („Der letzte König von Schottland“), für das Drehbuch von Matthew Michael Carnahan („Operation Kingdom“) und Tony Gilroy („Bourne“-Trilogie), für den Kameramann Rodrigo Prieto („Babel“), für den Komponisten Alex Heffes („Der letzte König von Schottland“) und für den Produktionsdesigner Mark Friedberg. Stilsicher wandelt dieses Team auf den Spuren des Watergate-Thrillers „All the President’s Men“. Das Prädikat „besonders wertvoll“ des Filmbewertungsdienstes hätten die SchönerDenker für diesen spannenden Kinoabend auch vergeben. schoener-denken.de/blog/state-of-play-40-milliarden-gute-gruende/
Secrets everywhere! Cats and mice running about chasing one another. Newspaper men being shot at.
Who could ask for more.
A good thriller, not awesome, but surely entertaining, with a final nice twist. The story is a bit flat for 3/4 of the movie, until it reaches the end where the twist-card is thrown on the table. Despite this "surprise", the end is poorly patched together.
Some other parts of the story are also not so convincing.
I liked, though, Russel Crowe playing this hippie old-fashioned journalist, capable of getting infos from all the various contacts and people he knows.
For the rest, the awesome cast consisting of Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren, Rachel Mc AAdams and Robin Wright is, in my opinion, under-exploited.
It is good for a movie night, that is not seeking for a masterpiece.
What a cast. And it also happens to be a good American adaptation of a British TV series, with a good old political conspiracy theory story. What's not to love?
A fair adaptation of its BBC miniseries counterpart, though obviously it pales in comparison. Still very enjoyable if you don't have ~5.5 odd hours of free time. It did get preachy at times with Ben Affleck, and I wish they'd had a big enough budget to have a staff of reporters but Rachel McAdams and Russell Crowe carried it okay, though a story that big with only two people on it is probably one of the easier to believe fictions.
I did not realise that I did watch this film already for a second time some 18 months ago. It did ring a bell when I started it, I nevertheless watched it again. It certainly is not that good to have it watched that frequent but also not that bad. That this is a film you soon will forget after having its watched is for sure.
Not as good as the TV show.
A thriller about power and politics that stands out more because of its cast than the story itself.
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