State of Play

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Released 2009

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Director:
Kevin Macdonald
Released:
2009
Rating:
PG-13
State of Play is an action and spy-thriller from director Kevin Macdonald, who first made his mark directing The Last King of Scotland. Cal McCaffrey (Russel Crowe) is a a Washington D.C reporter following an intriguing murder mystery with national implications. His latest story concerns a murder involving a rising political star, Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) and the death of his assistant. Cal is taken into a political underground with lies, deceit, and corruption everywhere he looks. He will soon find when major political figures and large sums of money are involved no one is safe. The political conspiracy he begins to uncover could shake the nation to its core. State of Play, originally a six part miniseries on BBC, and now adapted for the United States, gives viewers a glimpse into the seedy side of the political landscape in the nation's capital. As the film picks up pace more questions arise and the mystery grows deeper with a conclusion that no one will see coming.moreless

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  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    In the end, though, it's Crowe who must carry the most freight, which he does with another characterization to relish. Still bulky, although not as much so as in "Body of Lies," lo...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    Somehow when State of Play should be at its stomach-clenching best, the tension simply evaporates.

  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    A superficially clever, self-important and finally incoherent thriller.

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    Thrillers, Crime