State of Play(2009)
This much anticipated remake of the BBC TV series (of the same name), is a political thriller about a team of investigative reporters who work alongside a police detective to solve the murder of a congressman's mistress. ... More
A top notch cast includes Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck and Helen Mirren. If that's not enough to blow your socks off, just look at the impressive bunch of people who made it... Director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) helms a scipt co-authored by Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Ultimatum), Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom) and Billy Ray (Shattered Glass). Shot by Rodrigo Prieto (Brokeback Mountain), produced by Tim Bevan (Atonement). Hide
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BY Andreas Heinemann Flicks Writer
This sophisticated thriller is a throwback to old-fashioned filmmaking. Actors and storyline take priority, technical trickery is non-existent, whilst a myriad of Watergate references reinforce the shadow of history. Wedded to this style are contemporary concerns such as the war on terror and the decline of print media.... More
The A-list names in the lead cast bring convincing performances to their roles, but it’s the supporting players that are the scene-stealers. Helen Mirren is unsurprisingly great as the hard bitten newspaper editor while Jason Bateman is the epitome of cashed-up sleaze. It’s their colourful turns that inject some punch into the clipped, economical storytelling style of the script. That's not to say State of Play doesn’t contain its fair share of plot twists. In fact, it probably contains one twist too many with the finale adding an unnecessary turn to a narrative that already feels complete. It takes some oomph out of what had been a savvy treatment of political conspiracy.
This is a very adult, sophisticated thriller that you’ll either find smartly traditional or quaint and lacking in immediacy. The answer probably lies somewhere in between with this solid but unspectacular example of the genre.Hide
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State of Play
Russell Crowe and Helen Mirren are "over-cast". The roles are too slight. Anyone could have played them. There is no room for their characters to develop or show a range of emotions or even act.
Ben Affleck fitted his part, but there was not much to that either.
All in all, this movie doesn't go anywhere. Not exciting . Not dramatic.
Very littte plot development. Very... More shallow characters.
I will not be adding this to my collection of Russell Crowe movies.Hide