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State of Play

Corporate and Political Deception

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.


While State of Play has a lot of great talent they, unfortunately, don’t have much to work with. Do we really need another mediocre yet star-studded political thriller? At best, this film is perfect for a lazy Friday night on the couch.

State of Play pits the press vs. politics vs. a corporation; a perfect storm for a high class thriller film. Even the acting, from Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Hellen Mirren, Jeff Daniels and Robin Wright Penn, is pretty fantastic. So what attracted all of these top-notch actors? The answer is not quite clear. Whatever the case, this won’t be a shining star on any of their filmographies.

After a young woman dies, suspicions arise of her relationship with Congressman Stephen Collins (Affleck). His best friend, Cal McAffrey (Crowe) is an old-school newspaper reporter writing about an odd, yet seemingly normal homicide case. However, when new age “blogger” Della Frye (McAdams) comes to him for information on Collins, knowing the two are friends, his interest in his friend’s story becomes piqued. From there people lie, people cry and people die. Pretty standard for a high-strung political thriller.

Perhaps the only time you feel really involved in State of Play is when Jason Bateman, playing a bit part, comes on screen as comic relief. It’s not that the film is boring; it’s just that it isn’t all that interesting.