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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.
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.
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
A great remake of the BBC original (still better).
Having seen this film again six years after date and almost experienced it to have never seen it before says a lot about this movie. It is okay but not that okay that you'll get it all back again when you watch it the second time, although not for me. The story about a lead a journalist (Crowe) has towards his old friend and now congressman (Affleck) regarding an investigation Affleck is leading towards a company in defence materials is quite okay but does not keep you on the edge.
Watch the BBC series instead with John Simm.
“State of Play” is an exciting espionage thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It takes a little while before you get into the story, but the tension intensifies.
The thriller, based on a miniseries from 2003, is set in Washington D.C. and revolves around congressman Stephen Collins, whose assistant commits suicide. At least that’s how it looks. Journalist Cal McCaffrey and college friend of Collins, finds out there is more to it than meets the eye. Together with his new colleague Della Fry, he tries to find the truth.
Ben Affleck takes on the role of Stephen Collins. It’s a pretty safe character to play, almost impossible to screw up. Affleck does a solid job. Russell…
Suspense / thriller involving a politician, newspaper reporter and the murder of a research assistant.
Japanese title: 「消されたヘッドライン」
A+ performances and direction elevate a script that while well written is a bit too convoluted for its own good. It's a talky conspiracy type movie that is certainly nothing new but director Kevin Macdonald has a firm handle on how to stage a thriller. Action is well spaced throughout and there's a really great score/aggressive sound mix that really shines on the blu ray. Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Wolf of Wall Street) used digital cameras for Ben Affleck's scenes and 35mm handheld for Crowe's its an interesting choice that keeps the films look from ever getting stale.
Russel Crowe is great as the slob reporter. Few big movie stars would like themselves to be shown so out of shape and…
State of Play is a smart, well-made journalistic thriller that seems even more relevant five years after it was made. Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Helen Mirren all turn in great performances in this adaptation of the UK serial of the same name, in which a pair of Washington reporters with different ideologies team up to investigate the death of a Capitol Hill staffer and the congressman--one of the reporter's friends--who the staffer was having an affair with.
Kevin Macdonald's direction is slick and confident, helped along by Rodrigo Prieto's great cinematography work and a tense score from Alex Heffes. It isn't a perfect…
Conspiracy yarn where a prominent congressman's mistress is mysteriously killed right when he is in the middle of trying to stop a serious privatization deal for the defense department that would monopolize the market on domestic and foreign security. Crowe writes for a Washington newspaper – with young blogger McAdams in tow – and is working hard to break the case. Entertaining enough, but not particularly original. Crowe and Bateman stand out in a pretty strong cast.
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