Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe) is a seasoned reporter for the Washington Post who knows how to get the info he needs for his stories. He is working on a petty thief shooting case when another story breaks that a woman just died falling in front of a subway. That woman is the lead research assistant on a big case being headed by Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck). When newbie Della Frye (Rachel McAdams) for the Washington Post Blog introduces herself and asks McAffrey for an opinion on Collins, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with the blogging side of the news. After Mcaffrey starts to link the two cases together, he decides to pull Della Frye to help him make the connections. Having been old college roommates with Collins, McAffrey has an advantage over all the other papers in the city trying to get the story right first. Rumors are spreading that Collins had an affair with the young dead assistant, and information is surfacing that this “fall” may not have been an accident. The company that Collins is questioning in a hearing may have something to do with all of this.
State of Play is based off the BBC show of the same name, but starring better looking actors. The movie was a thrilling and captivating story that kept your attention from beginning to end. Russell Crowe was dynamic with his cunning lines and long hair. Crowe seems to be able to play just about any character you can name, but its characters like these that he falls into so well. This was an intelligent movie for the spy-loving kind of people with a strong message of the importance of print and how nowadays, it seems to be dying and becoming the ever growing “blogging” community. Crowe makes sure that McAdams’ character knows in the beginning who the boss is and what he thinks of her internet blogging for the paper. The crowd in my theater seemed to especially love Helen Mirren’s role as Cameron Lynne, Crowe’s boss. She had a certain flair about her, while still using her british accent, she seemed to provide most of the little laughs through out the movie. Either that, or people just like to laugh at british slang terms like “bugger off.” Either way, she was great.
McAdams was adorable as always, but also proved herself to be a busy worker when Crowe needed her. Jason Bateman had a great small role as well as Dominic Foy, the drug-induced PR rep that had some juicy inside facts to help finish the puzzle of who would want the lead assistant dead. Overall this was a great and thrilling movie for anyone over fifteen. I really have no complaints about the plot or the direction or anything. It wasn’t a perfect movie, but certainly entertaining.
I give it 4 “well-used typewriters” out of 5.
by Angela Davis