State of Play

2009, Crime/Mystery & thriller, 2h 7m

217 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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A taut, well-acted political thriller, State of Play overcomes some unsubtle plot twists with an intelligent script and swift direction. Read critic reviews

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Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is a rising star in Washington; handsome, unflappable and seemingly honorable, he's seen as his party's next presidential nominee. Until, however, his research assistant/mistress is found murdered and damaging secrets come pouring out. Journalist Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe), Collins' old friend, must investigate the murder, and walks headlong into a massive cover-up involving some of the nation's most promising political and corporate figures.

Cast & Crew

Russell Crowe
Cal McAffrey
Ben Affleck
Stephen Collins
Robin Wright
Anne Collins
Jason Bateman
Dominic Foy
Jeff Daniels
George Fergus
Michael Berresse
Robert Bingham
Viola Davis
Dr. Judith Franklin
David Harbour
PointCorp Insider
Wendy Makkena
Greer Thornton
Tony Gilroy
Screenwriter
Billy Ray
Screenwriter
Tim Bevan
Producer
Paul Abbott
Executive Producer
E. Bennett Walsh
Executive Producer
Liza Chasin
Executive Producer
Debra Hayward
Executive Producer
Alex Heffes
Original Music
Rodrigo Prieto
Cinematographer
Mark Friedberg
Production Design
Jacqueline West
Costume Designer
Cheryl Carasik
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Critic Reviews for State of Play

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  • Mar 11, 2016
    Not something I usually watch or would even consider watching but I eventually did and although I never found it great I did it get gripped into the story that's full of twists, Some were good, Some were a little confusing, Brilliantly acted by a strong cast that makes the film watchable, It's not a film you could view multiple times but the film itself is clever at times and worth watching if you can get your head around over complicated plot.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2014
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  • Oct 23, 2012
    Decent enough thriller that is supposed to be Watergatesque but falls a wee bit short. Something to see if you have nothing else going on in your life at the moment.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2012
    State of Play is a good political thriller with twists coming at you when you least expect them. Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren and Robin Wright Penn were absolutely fantastic in this film. They carry the film through some implausible plot twists which left me somewhat confused, but somehow, the film always made sure the audience was following along. They'd stop and say "OK what've we got so far?". Some times the story just felt rushed, like they were making an effort to keep the audience in the loop, but wanting to keep the pace up and complicate the story a bit more.... The script is very intelligent and well-written, and the direction by Kevin MacDonald was good as well. Overall, State of Play left me in a mild state of confusion, but in the end, it all made sense, and kept me involved (even a little breathless at times).
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