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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.
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It's really a story about the romance of newspapers and a good one - part of a tradition that goes all the way back to Ben Hecht and The Front Page. It may also mark the genre's end.
State of Play succeeds as mainstream entertainment to the point where it hardly makes sense to complain about its pulled political punches.
Despite the clichéd nature of much of the dialogue and the derivative thriller set-ups, 'State of Play' provides sufficient old-fashioned entertainment value to justify the ticket.
State of Play rattles along very satisfactorily, and Crowe brings to the role a relaxed self-possession and even charm.
The three screenwriters may have been trying to work too many plot strands into two hours; in any case, State of Play is both overstuffed and inconclusive.
It's sentimental in all the right ways.
The characters here are archetypes, to be sure, but they're all perfectly cast.
A very old-fashioned, principled, investigative journalism movie, full of red herrings, surprising twists and corrupt politicians. It will keep those who haven't seen the series on the edge of their seat.
State of Play is well put together and has some intelligence but it's just not very interesting or exciting or gripping for most of the time.
I know it sounds like I'm trashing this movie, but the story has real juice and complexity, the performances have muscle, and the political backdrop is ripped from the headlines. I wasn't bored for a second.
This film was well worth the wait.
Maybe there's even a point embedded somewhere in there, but it's anybody's guess what that would be.
"You're just seeking the truth. You're a truth seeker. You can't help it, that is just who you are."
A team of investigative reporters work alongside a police detective to try to solve the murder of a congressman's mistress.
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).
"State of Play". A very similar movie to this is "Body of Lies"... it also stars Russell Crowe! They are very similar like this: "State of Play" was engaging and brings the audience through the plot. We become interested in what will happen... but there is almost 0 character development. We are uninterested in what happens to the characters. Don't get me wrong, this movie was a fun time... but what else could we say? "State of Play" does not stick in our minds and the plot doesn't carry enough emotional weight for it to be an issue that we would stress over in real life. I liked it, but didn't love this movie.
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