All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
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.
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 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.
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…
It's a bit of a shame that it all kind of unravels at the end.
Up till then, State of Play is an engrossing, old fashioned, and entertaining thriller. It's a pleasure watching the cast work with the material.
This movie is OK,3 bill-stars and worth watching. Russell Crow is the highlight as a newspaper reporter. I think he is kind of a unique actor because his characters vary so much from film to film.
The overwhelming feeling I got watching State of Play was "Jeez, how old is this movie?" The movie was made in 2009, but the dark, high-contrast visual style feels really old. And the plot is ancient: a newspaper guy (cmon!) tracking down a big story about a big, bad defense contractor. I laughed a couple times when I wasn't supposed to. "Hold the presses!" (ha) Or, "That would give them control of $40 billion of government spending." (guffaw... here they're channeling Austin Powers' "One millll-ion dollars" line)
There's nothing ground-breaking here. But State of Play is light and entertaining, so 3 bill-stars.
thanks... yow, bill
Reminds me of those '70s conspiracy thrillers, where tension was generated with complete authenticity. State of Play flows along, with superb pacing, and a charming script. It amounts to little more than a fine way to spend your evening, but that's okay.
An American remake of a BBC miniseries of the same name, it focuses on the inter-relationships between the various parties in Washington DC, including journalists, politicians, and corporations, and the self-serving motivations of each. Russell Crowe is Cal McAffrey, a reporter for the Washington Globe, who stumbles into a much bigger story while investigating the death of a street criminal alongside cub reporter Della Fry (Rachel McAdams). The deeper they dig, the more explosive their story, including dragging in McAffrey's friends. Ben Affleck plays Stephen Collins, a close friend of McAffrey’s as well as a young congressman mired in hearings with Pointcorp, a Blackwater/Halliburton stand-in engaged in illegal war profiteering. The supporting cast includes Helen Mirren, Robin Wright, Jeff Daniels,…
STATE OF PLAY tends to get dismissed as not as good as the original BBC drama from which it's remade, and true, the story was better when given a little more time to unfold over 6 hour-long episodes. However, this is a very respectable thriller in its own right, examining how the media intersects with politics against the backdrop of a murder mystery which seemingly points to a much larger conspiracy. The film occasionally plays along over-familiar beats, but it's anchored by a pair of strong leading performances from Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck.
Great script and plotting, believable twist.
Another Russell Crowe film I know I have seen (at the cinema no less), yet barely remember anything about.
A mild recommendation. The cast is good enough to elevate this somewhat mediocre story.
State of Play, the 2009 cinematic adaptation of the 2003 BBC One miniseries of the same name, is a film that has an ambitious, complex plot, some solid performances from it's cast, but in the end, stumbles over itself by trying to make a story built on shades of gray, into something more black and white.
Director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) goes for an astute, clinical aura for the film, and in doing so, creates a project more emotionally distant project. In many ways, it feels like a preclude of sorts for House of Cards, with a similar habit of distant shots showcasing Washington DC architecture, while mixing in a copious amount of hand held. It's far…
More an exercise to see how many of my purchased DVDs/BluRay's I've actually seen....