Congressman Stephen Collins is the rising star of his political party – until his research assistant/mistress is murdered, and buried secrets come tumbling out. Investigative journalist, Cal McCaffrey has the dubious fortune of both and old friendship with Collins and a ruthless editor, Cameron who assigns him to the story. As Cal and his partner Della step into a cover-up that threatens to shake the nation’s power structures, they discover one truth – when billions of dollar share at stake, no one’s integrity, love or life is ever safe.
An uplifting detective crime drama. Crowe as the main character is an experienced hack. Affleck an ambitious politician and old flatmate of Crowe's and McCaffray a junior colleague. The plot is interesting, the direction smooth and the product glossy. This is a Hollywood break no rules film. The only surprise is that Mirram's performance is poor. The comic fine line between funny and flimsy was crossed, I felt she looked amateur. She was much better with Willis in Red. The others were great.
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Loved it, despite Helen Mirren.
- State of Play review by DW
I try hard to avoid anything that includes Helen Mirren but I was told that this US tribute to the original BBC version was well worth a watch. And so it was, including an unexpected ending which concluded with the simple use of newspaper headlines to show us the aftermath of this investigation, nice touch.
So, apart from the unwelcome presence of HM, I thoroughly enjoyed this one & I hope you do too.