State of Play (2009) – 7/10 hero journalist conspiracy drama movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Writer (Screenplay): Matthew Michael Carnahan
Writer (Screenplay): Tony Gilroy
Writer (Screenplay): Billy Ray
Writer (Original Television Series): Paul Abbott
Producer: Andrew Hauptman
Producer: Tim Bevan
Producer: Eric Fellner
Executive Producer: Paul Abbott
Russell Crowe: Cal McAffrey
Ben Affleck: Stephen Collins
Rachel McAdams: Della Frye
Robin Wright Penn: Anne Collins
Jason Bateman: Dominic Foy
Jeff Daniels: George Fergus
Helen Mirren: Cameron Lynne

State of Play (2009)

Washington Globe star reporter Cal McAffrey is assigned to investigate the shooting of a teenager and a businessman when the suicide of a female political aide his friend, Congressman Stephen Collins, into the spotlight over his relationship with her.


Entertaining conspiracy drama which is certainly one of the better hero-journalist movies, feels impressively reminiscent of rose-tinted seventies movies and pleasingly ticks all the clichĂ© boxes in a crisp, polished manner. Fat Russell Crowe is excellent (as he always is at the moment) and more than makes up for a slight weakness with Ben Affleck (looks too young; the movie infers he’s the same age as Crowe) and Rachel McAdams (audience cipher, no more). This is better than the original BBC TV series simply because it tells it’s story clearly all the way until the end. This is another quality movie from Kevin MacDonald (after Touching the Void and The Last King of Scotland).

This movie contains sexual swear words, adult dialogue, bad language and graphic violence.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


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