State Of Play (DVD)

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State Of Play (DVD)

THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND director Kevin McDonald teams with screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan for this American adaptation of the hit BBC miniser...

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ProWell acted, good cinematography, good political th...

ConsConvoluted plot, pacing not right and the conclusi...

***Film Only ***** A destitute man dies in a dark, secluded alleyway in the north western area of Washigton DC. Many miles away, a gorgeous young woman is killed beneath the wheels of a fast moving train. Are these two tragedies unrelated or are they fragments of a huge conspiracy involving the...

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“I State you should see this!”

published 08/06/2011

ProVery exciting, good cast, keeps your interest

ConsNone really

When a young intern is murdered on the subway in Washington, journalist Cal McAffrey is quickly on the case to find out what happened. When its revealed the intern was actually having an affair with Republican Stephen Collins, an apparently happily married man, it seems that there is more to her...

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ProSeemed fairly realistic (story wise), some interes...

ConsA bit slow, confusing at times

- Cast/Credits - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0473705/fullcredits - Story - A reporter for the Washington Globe newspaper sets out to uncover the truth behind the apparent suicide of a young researcher who's romantically linked to the congressman she worked for. Of course things aren't quite what...

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“A State of Flux”

published 12/07/2010

ProA good story and solid direction.

ConsLess than the sum of its parts.

Congressman Stephen Collins is a rising star in his political party, set to be a candidate in the upcoming presidential race. Or at least until his research assistant (and mistress) is murdered. Then investigative reporter Cal McCaffrey (who also happens to be a former friend of the political...

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Super

ProGreat acting and good plot

ConsA few too many drawn out bits

At times, you'll find yourself thinking that this is a brilliant thriller. However, the fact that it lasts for quite a while and that the suspenseful moments can be a bit too drawn out means that it's not quite the brilliant film it could be. Adapted from a British 6 part TV series, State of Play...

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“State Of Monotony”

published 19/10/2009

ProDecent storyline

ConsVery dull, drags on alot, too long

When a thief is shot dead in Washing DC one night, no one knew that it would lead to a web of corruption deep in the heart of the US Congress. Right at the centre of this breaking story is Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) who has been having an affair with one of his staff members who...

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Pro5 for £10.00 deal for 4 nights at blockbusters... ...

Consdull, boring, tedious, un-thrilling (if that's a w...

I have been watching a few DVDs recently, mainly because blockbusters are having a bit of a good deal on at the moment, although not as good as the deal they had on over the school summer holidays. Anyway, one of the ones I rented was called ’State of Play’ starring a few well known faces, and...

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“Cop or Journalist?”

published 04/06/2010

ProGreat story and acting, some good twists

ConsBit slow in the middle

When two people are murdered Cal McCaffrey is given the task of reporting about it for the Washington Globe. He takes on the story and soon finds things are not as they seem. Whilst working on the story he gets breaking news about his old friend, Stephen Collins, who is now a Congressman and how...

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Super

ProRussell Crowe and Helen Mirren

ConsBen Affleck

What’s It About? The film opens with a thief running scared through the streets of Washington, as he hides behind the carbage bins he thinks he has finally shaken off the man who is hunting him. The next we see he is gunned down in the alley (a poor unsuspecting pizza delivery man also cops for...

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Super

Proacting

Conscan't figure it out

A bag thief is chased down and murdered in a back alley, and an aide for a congressman dies under mysterious circumstances, but what links the two? In State of Play, Russell Crowe stars as eccentric journalist Cal McAffrey. Cal is investigating the bag thief murder when his old friend...

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“State of Play”

published 22/01/2010

ProExciting, edge of your seat thriller

ConsNeeded more detail in parts

State of Play is a political thriller directed by Kevin Macdonald (Touching the Void, The Last King of Scotland) and stars Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren and Rachel McAdams. Plot: A congressman's assistant/mistress falls infront of a subway train and a minor thief is murdered in an...

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“'Do you have a pen?'”

published 27/08/2010

ProActing from main characters (Russell Crowe and Ben...

ConsThe twist isn't really realistic, and spoils the c...

State of Play (2009) stars Russell Crowe as Cal McAffrey a journalist that is caught up in the middle of a murder that may lead to a wider national agenda. Charming and handsome U.S Congressman, Republican Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is the future of his political party that is rapidly rising...

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Excellent

ProGreat acting, Helen Mirren, fabulous sript

ConsA numb bum from sitting on the edge of your seat

State of Play (12A) Russell Crowe, Ben Afleck, Rachel McAdams and Helen Mirren. Think Conspiracy Theory meets The Firm and is then introduced to an extended version of CSI, but with much better acting. And instead of police following the trail of crime crums, reporters played by Russell Crowe and...

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Super

ProGood evenings entertainment on DVD

ConsGlad I didn't go to the cinema, I probably would h...

Just watched 'State of Play' with Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck and Helen Mirren and although it was good it didn't reach the 'brilliant' it had the potential to be. Firstly Russell Crowe playing Cal the hard bitten journalist, last of his kind on a newspaper recently bought out by 'new media'...

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THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND director Kevin McDonald teams with screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan for this American adaptation of the hit BBC miniseries concerning the suspicious circumstances that set a rising congressman and a dogged reporter on a dangerous collision course. U.S. congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is handsome, unflappable, and ascending the ladder of power with unprecedented speed. He's the future of his political party, and as the chairman of a committee assigned to oversee defence spending, he's got all the right connections. As the presidential race draws near, Washington insiders begin to speculate that Collins will earn his party's nomination for the country's top job. The prospect of Collins becoming president seems less and less likely, however, when his research assistant/mistress is viciously murdered, and some unsavoury truths begin to surface. Collins was once a close friend to Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe), now a top reporter in the nation's capitol. Assigned the task of investigating Collins by his ruthless editor, Cameron (Oscar-winner Helen Mirren), McAffrey recruits fellow reporter Della (Rachel McAdams) in order to track down the truth and identify the killer. But McAffrey has just walked into a cover-up of unprecedented proportions, and in a game where billions of dollars are at stake, life, love, and integrity are luxuries that simply cannot be afforded.

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