AlexiaP's Rating of State of Play

Alexia's Review of State of Play

8 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
State of Play

State of Play(2009)

[center][font=Trebuchet MS][size=1]There's a fundemental feeling amongst many that any kind of remake will be a failure before filming even begins. I had seen the truly excellent BBC version of State of Play last month before the general release of this film. Now brought to the big screen State of Play tells the story of journalist Cal McCaffrey (Russell Crowe) who is investigating the murder of a women named Sonia Baker. She was having a secret relationship with congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck). But nothing seems as simple as what appears on paper and corruption and all sorts start to surface as Cal and his collegue Donna (Rachel McAdams) delve deeper into the affairs.[/size][/font][/center]
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[center][font=Trebuchet MS][size=1]The problem thats evident from the beginning, more so if you've seen the tv mini-series is that a 2 hour duration is simply not enough time to fit all the characters and stories in. The television series delved into the corruption side and characters personal lifes which gave the story more background and characters more personality. The film tends to skip over this and big characters like Stephen Collins and Dominic Foy (Jason Bateman stealing scenes) are given shorter screen time. [/size][/font][/center]
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[center][font=Trebuchet MS][size=1]State of Play is a solid enough thriller, there's some good action scenes, solid if unspectacular acting (all the actors on display turn in good performances but you will have seen them far better in other work), and an interesting storyline to engage you throughout but theres just a feeling of something missing. It's average film viewing but from a director as good as Kevin McDonald, actors as excellent as Crowe, Mirren, McAdams, Bateman, and source material as good as this it feels like a missed oppurtunity, its satisfactory but considering how excellent the television series was there's a feeling of being slightly letdown, it could have been far better. See the television series instead.[/size][/font][/center]