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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.
Great story, intriguing and exciting from start to finish, with excellent performances from Crowe, McAdams, Affleck and Mirren.
I was pleasantly surprised by this film. It was engaging, with strong performances all around especially by Russell Crowe. Solid, solid.
My main problem with this film is that it's not as good as the TV miniseries on which it's based. I'd never recommend anyone watch this film if they haven't already seen the excellent BBC series. It may take a lot less time to watch the same story unfold with Russell Crowe at the helm, but it's at the cost of character development and suspense.
This is rather a convoluted story after all, and simplifying it like this two-hour version does means that it loses some of what made it so thrilling and the mystery so baffling. I remember changing my mind over and over again on who the culprit was as I watched the miniseries. With this movie version,…
Much better than expected. A bit melodramatic toward the end, but thrilling the whole way through.
Very enjoyable thriller where you do not see the end coming until the last moment. After having read this was supposed to be Brad Pitt and Edward Norton I just keep thinking what it would have been like isntead of Russel Crow and Ben Afleck! And Helen Mirren keeps growing balls.
Solid thriller until the final twist, which nearly ruins the entire thing.
What can I say, I have a weakness for political thrillers. Even ones as strange and weighty as this one. I've actually seen this movie 4 or 5 times already, this recent watch was due to the occasion that I finally bought the movie on blu-ray.
Here's some weird things I noticed:
- Russel Crowe: Probably the last person I would cast as an investigative reporter. He wasn't bad, I just couldn't get used to it.
- Jeff Daniels: He is my father and I love him.
- Robin Wright: Lol she hadn't starred in House of Cards yet. I also almost didn't realize it was her because of the long hair.
- Ben Affleck: He's fine but one of…
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.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
Not a completed list. Will be updated. In no particular order. May rank this eventually. I recommend all of these.…