State of Play details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman, Helen Mirren, Wendy Makkena, Rob Benedict, Katy Mixon, Bonita Friedericy|
|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.
Most helpful review
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'...
- Was this review helpful to you?
- (90) Yes |
- No (1)
State Of MindBy bugarson (46 reviews) from Chelmsford , 30 Dec 2011Good film. Plus : Crowe is on form. Helem Mirren gets to swear. Its got a twisty, interesting, clever plot. Cons : Ben Affleck is in it. Make your own mind up whether its worthy of a watch despite old dimple chins presence.
State of the NationBy Robinski (180 reviews) from Glasgow , 29 Dec 2011Good film version of the BBC thriller, Russell Crowe is on fine form as driven reporter Cal McAffrey and all around him do fine jobs with the material. There is plenty of intrigue and plotting (on-screen and on the page) to keep audience happy and its a fine choice for a night in. Having not seen the original 2003 BBC series I shall most definitely be adding that to my list. And another thing, how good is Helen Mirren? Utterly credible performance as hard-bitten newspaper editor, but we would never get anything less from her, undoubtedly a national treasure.
State of PlayBy Ricia (156 reviews) , 28 Dec 2011This is quite a long film, but still a very good story with a great cast. Although I did have to watch it twice as I wasn't quite sure if I had worked out who was really the bad guy. but even better the second time round as I saw the subtleties that I had missed the first time. definitely a great film to watch-if a little long.
Great story, but Hollywood screwed it up.By NMc (9 reviews) , 28 Dec 2011Could have been so much better. Hollywood needs to take some lessons from the BBC in subtlety, consistency and believability. There are too many continuity errors which are glaringly obvious and tend to disturb the flow, especially in the changing make up of actors within the same scene! Come on Hollywood - that's a very basic lesson!!
Some characters come across as stereotype combined with unbelievably bad acting. The storyline tries hard to convey Crowe as this super cool journalist who knows his stuff and has no arrogant streak whatsoever and has no qualms doing most of the hard work and sharing the glory with Rachel McAdams and conveys his sacrifice by letting her press the 'send' button to the final report. WTF???
Helen Mirren is good, Crowe is better than he has been recently but all the other acts are laughably forgettable esp Rachel McAdams.
That having said, the story is pretty good with fantastic and shocking levels of corruption interwoven into the fabric of everyday governance, there are some glimpses of great camera angles most of which are heavily influenced by All the President's Men.
If you can spare 6 hours, choose the BBC series to this half baked, inconsistent, mediocre acted, gravely rushed and disappointingly flawed Hollywood precise.
Brilliant Brilliant BrilliantBy nickibicester (7 reviews) , 19 Dec 2011This was a brilliant film, the acting was great the storyline kept you interested all the way through which doesnt happen in many films, well worth watching