State of Play (2009)

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A petty thief is gunned down in an alley and a Congressman's assistant falls in front of a subway - two seemingly unrelated deaths. But not to wisecracking, brash newspaper reporter Cal McAffrey who spies a conspiracy waiting to be uncovered. With a turbulent past connected to the Congressman and the aid of ambitious young rookie writer Della Frye, Cal begins uprooting clues that lead him to a corporate cover-up full of insiders, informants, and assassins. But as he draws closer to the truth, the relentless journalist must decide if it's worth risking his life and selling his soul to get the ultimate story.
Russell Crowe as Cal McAffrey
Ben Affleck as Rep. Stephen Collins
Rachel McAdams as Della Frye
Helen Mirren as Cameron Lynne
Robin Wright Penn as Anne Collins
Jason Bateman as Dominic Foy
Jeff Daniels as Rep. George Fergus
Michael Berresse as Robert Bingham
Harry Lennix as Det. Donald Bell
Josh Mostel as Pete
Michael Weston as Hank
Barry Shabaka Henley as Gene Stavitz
Viola Davis as Dr. Judith Franklin
David Harbour as PointCorp Insider
Sarah Lord as Mandi Brokaw
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I am a sci-fi fan by nature, but I went to see this movie out of boredom and was VERY pleasantly surprised. I am not a pro movie-reviewer by any means, but the movie seemed very well put together and deserves applause. Russell Crowe is great (as usual) but the rest of the cast, even Ben Affleck, who usually can't act his way out of a paper bag, was really Good. Helen Mirren and Rachel McAdams were also very compelling. There really is no slow part of this movie, which is why I loved it. It kept me engaged the whole time, and I think it was over 2 hours long. Often these types of political/espionage-ish thrillers can get overly confusing, but this one does not. There is nothing worse than a movie that intentionally tries to confuse the viewer just because of the subject material, or to make the movie seem better and more complex than it actually is (I am looking at you, Good Shepherd). State of Play gives you just enough knowledge to keep you glued the whole time and never get bored.


I thought this movie did what I wanted it to do-- entertain me on a rainy afternoon. Russell Crowe was great, Rachel McAdams was charming, Ben Affleck pulled off the corrupt politican part, etc. It's not going to be winning any awards but its a good flick. Definitely a good thriller/mystery movie if you like that kind of thing... which I do :)


I love all the current stuff such as: Newspapers dying, blogging, mystery, courage, emotions around work. Interesting premise. Several great actors!! The two main females were great!!! What a festival of handsome hunky men. Ben Affleck is great even as a non-hero. I shall always remain in love with the very married Russell Crowe as long as he keeps choosing such movies as he does. I really think that he refuses to do stupid movies. It just is not fair that guys with character can easily remain slightly overweight and still be dreamboats, ala Russell Crowe in this particular movie. I was on the edge of my seat for much of this movie and had to tell myself to breathe.


I saw the employee screening of "State of Play" at my movie theatre and i have to say, i enjoyed it, it was very entertaining. The whole movie will keep you on the edge of the seat wondering what will happen next, what clues will be coming out. There are so many talented actors in it such as Crowe and Affleck, and Mirren and so many others. Adults should go and check this movie out. It is a movie that i would see again, but the ending will leave you surprised and shocked. This movie is a must see! There are not many movies to check out around this time that are good, but this movie was excellent! Go see it now. It def. is worth the money.


Tues 4/14 - I just attended the advance press preview of this thrilling gripping thoroughly entertaining 2hr movie that was based on a BBC series. STATE OF PLAY is extremely relevant to today's 'war-mongering' war-contracting 'climate'. This movie couldn't have been more timely. It gives you a hint at how profitable war is to some individuals/corporations - and the corruption in high-level government that promotes war - and the people that stand to benefit from it...... makes you wonder why the U.S.-Iraq and U.S.-Afghan war has dragged on... We also witness how some top-level reporters pursue scoops and how they are very much like detectives in their own rights in their pursuit of the 'truth'. STATE OF PLAY was well-written, expertly-directed, smoothly-edited - superbly well-cast well-acted by Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, and Helen Mirren. VERDICT: A MUST SEE movie. Definitely has depth - not some mindless shoot-em-up car-chase big-explosions flick.

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