Sunday, May 03, 2009

State of Play

Featuring a pedigree cast, this is a pretty enjoyable thriller that may remind some of the paranoid political thrillers of the '70s. Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, and Jeff Daniels all play their parts effectively to solve the murder of a congressman's aide.

Mr. Crowe plays the grizzled old world Washington Post reporter who teams up with Ms. McAdams, the Internet blogger for the paper and the film mergers the old and new guard effectively while editor Helen Mirren goes on about, "its not about the story but the need to sell more papers."

The plot gets a bit muddied and there is the requisite twist at the end but the film will hold your attention and is a good intellectual alternative to most films out right now.

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