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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.
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…
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.
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…
Still one of 2009's most underrated films.
Sempre il solito intreccio politica-multinazionali con un paio di reporter che si ritrovano ad indagare. Non che sia fatto male, ma è parecchio banale, elementare e scontato...
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"Am I talking to my friend now or am I talking to a reporter?"
"I gotta be both."
Well, this turns out to be the first Blue-Ray that I've seen and along with Apocalypto, the first Blue-Ray that I've purchased, because I've recently had the chance to upgrade to a PS4 and thought I might as well upgrade to Blue-Rays as well. I picked up State of Play mainly because it was fairly cheap, but also because it had a killer cast - Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, Robin Wright etc, they're all fantastic actors and Kevin Macdonald is a pretty good director, responsible for The Last King of Scotland, which was another solid effort. So it…
All the President's Men meets The Phantom Menace, and while not quite as enthralling as either of those, State of Play is pretty good. The plot is nicely tangled and complex and will only reward those odd viewers who pay attention to more than the usual kiss-kiss-bang-bang, and regrettably leaves little room for character analysis - especially of the old friends with past resentments type - the film is most powerful when it focuses briefly on that angle. All deficiencies are overlooked by a stellar cast, none of whom put a foot wrong. Bateman and Daniels were the standouts for me. Tubby Go-Russ looks a little too comfortable as the great unwashed slob, but it's nice to see him willing to do a film not directed by his mate Ridley.
If I could give 3.9999 I would. Great sequences, great performances- just one or two scenes that fall flat. It wouldn't be a problem, except that the scenes in question are crucial. But besides that, top notch shit. Add this to the list of underrated political thrillers of 2009/2010 along with Fair Game.
Or more specifically, actors who were fired, replaced, pulled out or simply cut out of movies, often due to 'creative…
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