State of Play details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman, Helen Mirren, Wendy Makkena, Rob Benedict, Katy Mixon, Bonita Friedericy|
|Genres:||Drama - General, Thriller - Psychological|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
|Collections:||100 Most Wanted, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
State of Play
|Run time:||1 hour 57 minutes|
|Rental release:||21 Sep 2009|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Russell Crowe joins an all-star cast in Kevin Macdonald's film adaptation of the original TV series.
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Mixed Bag...By OttoParts (7 reviews) from Wales , 22 Apr 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]'Touching The Void' and 'The Last King of Scotland' director Kevin McDonald tackles a conspiracy thriller set amidst the background of the decaying American newspaper industry.
Russell Crowe shines in what is a seemingly custom made role as a less than perfect (apparently) old school newspaper journalist. There are some great supporting cast in this highly engaging and entertaining film. But there are too some very poor casting descisions. Helen Mirren in paticular, Jeff Daniels and 'the guy from the Orange mobile phone ads' are all way out of place here.
The script from current hot property Matthew Carnahan, Tony Gilroy and Billy Ray is as slick as you like - fast and well excecuted. But you can't help wondering that the story is all a bit too ludicrous. It's ridden with coincidences that conveniently tie all the characters together all too neatly.
Apparently the filmmakers wanted the film to be a disection of the imploding local newspaper industry in America and for it to serve as a relevant, modern day 'All The President's Men'. But sadly, none of these amitions come across and we don't get a sense of the newspaper environment within the actual movie. An Alan J. Pakula film this is not. If you're looking for a modern day disection of the downfall of the American newspaper, check out the last season of 'The Wire'...
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Very good playBy Bobsview (559 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 01 Apr 2013A very good political thriller about senator whos mistress is murdered. Great cast. Keeps you guessing. Plot is credible and relevant to modern age.
Great remake.By oJo (29 reviews) from Hemel Hempstead , 02 Mar 2013Better than the original? I don't think so, but pretty dam close! Russel Crowe gives yet another great performance in the lead role. Some of the others leave a bit to be desired, namely Helen Mirren who seems to be playing a bit part so that she can be the 'lady who swears'. Certainly not a match for Bill Nighy in the original. Apart from that it's a good remake. Go watch.
Good thrillerBy TisWJ (6 reviews) , 25 Jan 2013Good suspense thriller, had us gripped from the start. Be warned, you have to concentrate; hit pause if you have to leave the room!
Hold the attentionBy Mutter (157 reviews) , 04 Jan 2013This is a good film and holds the attention to the denouement at the end of the movie. One to watch
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Great! But conclusion too rushed.By Hypersomniac (4 reviews) from Slough , 01 Dec 2012You'll need to pay attention to this very watchable flic with a twist at the end. Although the reveal, I feel, was done in a rather rushed and confusing way (a reel of meshed flashbacks). This meant I had to re-watch the reveal, and left feeling 'Is that it?'. Still a 4/5 for me.