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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
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…
Watched this immediately after watching the original 6 part miniseries. Still good, but suffers a lot in comparison to the genius of the original.
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.
An unsettling, but also unsettled, mystery starring one of my least favorite telephone-throwing Australian actors. It's sort of a lesser cousin of David Fincher's ZODIAC, trading San Francisco for Washington, DC and the classic cop/criminal-mastermind dynamic for a journalist/daunting-conspiracy one.
The script often feels overcooked and unnatural, especially when beleaguered editor Helen Mirren moans about nagging commercial interests in the newspaper industry, because while themes like these are perfectly well done it still feels like they're in the wrong story.
Maybe that's due to the two-hour movie being condensed from a six-part miniseries, or maybe there's just too many damn screenwriters. Whatever it is, I'm not sure I'm digging the "blend" of journalism vs. politics, conspiracy thriller, urban drama, etc.
Deception in a world that’s written of as deceptive is an easy start for a film like this; dealings behind closed doors, corrupt officials, taking advantage of working men and women, all happening on a clock, the stakes are these peoples lives, whilst the people outside this bubble, the everyday men and women, live around it oblivious. A scary thought that’s had years of exposure would programme a lot of people to see a man or woman in a suit, and have a chip on their shoulder, just like how newspapers and blogs are printed, as brought up from the words said by Russell Crowe’s character Cal no less, that the barrage of printed words become ‘wrapping paper’, and that…
En ocasiones, no hace falta ser demasiado innovador para acertar. Eso ocurre con la presente película, adaptación de una miniserie de la BBC. Ni uno sólo de sus planteamientos resulta particularmente original, pero juega con mimbres usados con tal habilidad y pulcritud que obtiene a cambio una impecable película de género que sirve maravillosamente para proporcionar entretenimiento inteligente al espectador exigente.
Una digna muestra de buen cine comercial, tan escaso hoy día.
Thriller that gets less exciting towards the end.
An eulogy to newspapers
Jason Bateman's scene is by far the best in the film.
Really good political thriller based off the BBC series. Has two great central performances from actors I'm big fans of when they are on form, Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck, solid support is provided by Rachel McAdams and Judi Dench (who has the best lines). Threatens to get into the realms of brilliance but comes up just lacking, still well worth seeing.
This might have been a good movie for most of the people who've seen it, but I just can't stand this type of movies.
State of Play is a boring political thriller about a reporter, played by The Gladiator, investigating the murder of Batffleck's mistress, that involves a private military company. In other words, something I'll never give a shit about.
Neither The Gladiator, Batffleck or Rachel McAdams' pretty face could save this movie for me. Give it a go, you'll probably enjoy it. It's just me who hates these political thrillers.
Film 21 out of 100
S is for State of Play
I started the day with Rachel McAdams and I'm ending the day with Rachel McAdams.
Now this movie is a thriller. I was on the edge of my seat from the start of the film and until the very end. I remember seeing the trailer when this came out and thinking that I wanted to see it and of course like most films before 2011 I didn't see it. I love this cast, they all play their parts perfectly, yes even Ben Affleck.
Honestly as I'm a bit tired. This has been my fifth film of the day and it's just about midnight. Time for bed, more of a full review to come later.
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