Based on the BBC series, which I’ve never seen, State of Play stars Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck, coupled with Helen Mirren, Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels, Rachel McAdams and Robin Wright Penn coming up the rear for support.
Cal McCaffrey (Crowe) is a journalist for the Washington Globe and his old room-mate is now Congressman Stephen Collins (Affleck). The story revolves around 3 deaths which are seemingly unrelated. Throw in an affair with one of the dead, on the Congressman’s part and plenty of conspiracy and cover-ups and that pretty much sums up the story for State of Play. As the movie plays out its 127 mins running time there are a few little twists and tense moments along the way. The twists are certainly a little predictable at times, but it doesn't detract from the overall movie. Nor does the running time, as it chugs along at a constant old pace.
The cast are very good with Crowe and Helen Mirren providing quality performances. Affleck, on the other hand, just doesn't look entirely comfortable with his role. He pulls it off, but just doesn't convince. The movie is set in Washington and the capital of the USA is painted as a very dark and evil place, with plenty of night time and dimly lit scenes all screaming conspiracy.
Plenty of people were asking one another questions after the movie ended and the plot isn't overly complicated but you’re going to have to keep your brain intact to follow what's happening. So, either go before you go or just hope your bladder holds out. As political thrillers go its good and something a little different in the current crop of releases. Bare in mind, that this is not really a date movie and if your idea of an outstanding flick is Hannah Montana, then its probably not for you. I enjoyed it (and its not really my type of movie) and it might even get better with a second viewing! Either way, State of play is a solid piece of film!