State of Play2009
State of Play (2009)
Critic Consensus: 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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as Cal McAffrey
as Stephen Collins
as Della Frye
as Cameron Lynne
as Anne Collins
as Dominic Foy
as Senator George Fergus
as Michael Bingham
as Detective Donald Bell
as Dr. Judith Franklin
as PointCorp Insider
as PointCorp Executive
as Chris Kawai
as Andrew Pell
as Sonia Baker
as Greer Thornton
as Officer Brown
as Deshaun Stagg
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Critic Reviews for State of Play
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.
This is exhilarating, compulsive storytelling and looks likely to be one of the year's cinematic highlights.
State of Play rattles along very satisfactorily, and Crowe brings to the role a relaxed self-possession and even charm.
Audience Reviews for State of Play
"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).
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