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Trust me and buy the BBC version, not this one
The BBC's mini series, State of Play, on which the American version was, well, sort of, based, is so far superior, it paralyzes the mind. With so many fine actors in the U.S. version, how the director, Kevin MacDonald, managed to get such sorry performances is beyond belief.
One thing this 2009 movie (ever wonder why it's already on DVD and Pay TV?) has that's useful: It will put an insomniac to sleep in ten minutes.
On the other hand, the BBC version is exciting, taut, suspenseful, and the casting is superb, with Bill Nigh in the original role of newspaper editor (given to Helen Mirren in the American version. For once, she is not perfect).
Trust me and spend the extra few bucks to buy the BBC version on Amazon.com.
easily one of Crowes better movies
Great story about a disheveled old reporter who discovers a military company that is killing their opposition both here and abroad. Plot is not easy to figure out. Would see again and will buy this movie for personal library
did i like this movie? how bout heck yes!
people are so over sensitized that they become numb to good movies! some people watch a good movie and expect to be thrown out of their seat because it's so good!! Movies are not like that anymore!!! This movie, however, was one that is worth watching! I thought the plot was great. real life scenarios make this an exciting and suspenseful movie to watch. Not quite a thriller and not quite a suspense movie, but very entertaining!! I dont know how anyone could say anything bad about this movie!
A Rarity: Clever, Gripping and a Good Night Out for Adults
A lovingly crafted script, career-peak performances from the lead cast, and well-orchestrated technical aspects ensure this thriller will go a long way to round-out the perfect first date. Crowe's performance is a refreshing change from his walk-through effort in "Body of Lies", and he and Rachel McAdams generate palpable chemistry as two reporters investigating a tricky political conspiracy. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck is unexpectedly competent in his understated interpretation of a key role.
Oh, and the ending is a cracker.
Long As I Can See The Light
"Guess Ive got that old travlin bone, cause this feelin wont leave me alone.
But I wont, wont be losin my way, no, no
long as I can see the light."
Cleerance Clearwater Revival
No Way, 'State of Play, the BBC miniseries was the best series I have seen since 'Wired'. No Way, was the American version going to be as good. I was right, it is not as good, but Almost!
Russell Crowe as Cal McCaffrey, the old time journalist who works for truth and justice, brings that justice to this film, like no one else could. He makes this film what it is. Rachel McAdams, as the Capitol Hill blogger, is fine in her role, but it could have been anyone. Helen Mirren, as the editor of this fine paper, is ruthless and mean and fine, as is her wont. But, it was Russell Crowe who made this film fascinating. The dirty long hair flowing as he walked and ran down corridors. The paunch from eating all those fast food meals and drinking the Irish wine, Scotch. Yep, this was the real deal, the newsmen of yesteryear.
The aide to Congressman, Stephen Collins, played by Ben Affleck, dies suddenly, an accident or suicide or was it murder? Cal and his newspaper blogger, Dela, start snooping and find that one and one don't make two, it adds up to five. Four murders and an investigation into a security group that hopes to control the world. As time moves on and clues begin to come together and stories unravel, we have a fast paced mystery, here. It is full of suspense and intrigue and just when we think we know who done it, the circle moves. That Russell Crowe, he could be one of the best actors around, you know that?
Recommended. prisrob 09-01-09
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