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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.
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.
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.
Old school Washington newspaper reporter Crowe tries to link two seemingly unrelated murders, then a third (involving a female iade to hotshot Congressman Affleck - who happens to be Crowe's old roommate) seems to indicate that there's a larger conspiracy afoot. Meanwhile Crowe is paired up with blogger McAdams, who's never done on-the-ground reporting before.
A good, enjoyable old style thriller with lots of twists and turns with Affleck and Crowe both doing well here. This was adapted fron the 6 part BBC series and even though it does feel like rushed in parts , its still good. Made me want to watch the series it was based of
Watched this immediately after watching the original 6 part miniseries. Still good, but suffers a lot in comparison to the genius of the original.
It's a well known fact that State of Play was a very well-respected BBC thriller some years ago originally, but I chose to watch the inevitable Hollywood adaptation first. I didn't want to be clouded, fall in love with the original and come at this with the usual remake scepticism. It was a good choice as what we have here must surely be one of the better TV show-film adaptations in recent years, certainly of British TV to American movie. Heaps of talent before and behind the camera help to craft an intelligent, frequently tense and well-put-together conspiracy drama.
Two facts: I always love Russell Crowe in movies. And I can never stand Ben Affleck. Here, same as ever with…
I've had State of Play in my DVD collection for nearly two years. Every time I would think about watching it I would instead pick something else. I've been putting off watching State of Play for one reason. I cannot stand Russell Crowe.
This film would of been a 3 and a half stars if it had anyone else but Russell Crowe in it. The rest of the cast is okay though Rachel McAdams character was annoying.
Without Crowe this could of been pretty good with him in it, its merely okay.
When a congressional aide is killed, a Washington D.C. journalist starts investigating the case involving the congressman, his old college friend. - IMDB
Backdating from found movie ticket stub.
Tele-play translation issues, becoming mostly a memorial for the bravado of the old Washington Post, juxtaposing cutthroat journalism - Crowe eats Ramen Noodles and hasn't shaved for weeks - against Mirren's plea for comprise, appeasing the new investors. Also the plot of the journalist stumbling on something huge - this started as tabloid fodder - the magical journalist even, like when Crowe chimes in that he cracked the story reading people's body language. Could have been less direct and a great deal more taught, a cheap thriller, but does function as a crash course on "Blackwater" and the private militarization sector. Try not to laugh during any scene with McAdams.
State of Play is a pleasant surprise as a political thriller featuring Russel Crowe, Ben Affleck in the lead with support of amongst others Hellen Mirren and Jason Bateman.
When a bag snatching thief is gunned down in an alley and a Congressman's female assistant falls victim to an apparent subway train suicide-both deaths seem a world apart. It all becomes news worthy when Ben Affleck (the congress man) admits publicly that he had an affair with his assistant. From that moment the two unrelated incidents function as a starting point for one of the biggest stories since Watergate. Russel Crowe will have to make a decision between his friend or the story.
Recommended for those who love a good conspiracy!
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I really dont like anything too USA related and this one is about polical and military non sense across the pond. Yeah the mystery is there and there is a last twist in the tale but most of these movies seem to all the same in one way or another...watchable and good if you havent seen a political thriller before...
A grippingly breathless opening scene sets up a political whodunnit that tries its best to be All The President's Men. It succeeds in part thanks to Crowe, often at his best in the portly everyman role, and the direction (the tension created as Crowe flees a corridor confrontation through an underground car park is masterful in its simplicity). It loses something on subsequent viewings - too many characters? - but is still worth a couple of hours of anybody's time, particularly those who hanker after the grubbiness of 70s style conspiracy.
Not enough thrills and spills for my liking. Somewhat slight and ho hum...and highly predictable. Has Rachel McAdams ever aged?
Not a bad film, it just bored me too much to make me care about finishing it, only got 40-minutes in...
Reminded me of those bland thrillers like Runner Runner, The International and other throwaway thrillers.
Blu-ray picture 9/10
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