Rent State of Play (2009)

3.5 of 5 from 411 ratings
1h 47min
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Synopsis:
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.
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Directors:
Voiced By:
Ashley Bell
Writers:
Matthew Michael Carnahan, Tony Gilroy
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/09/2009
Run Time:
122 minutes
Languages:
English, Hungarian
Subtitles:
Arabic, Czech, Danish, English Hard of Hearing, French, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of State of Play
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/09/2009
Run Time:
107 minutes
Languages:
English, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • PICTURE IN PICTURE - With just one click, access cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. LOCATIONS - Get historical insight on our nation's capital through interactive graphics and PIP
  • Access the BD-Live™ Centre through your Internet-connected player and share your movie clips with your Buddies, watch the latest trailers and more!
  • DELETED SCENES
  • THE MAKING OF STATE OF PLAY - Take a behind-the-scenes look at creating State of Play with director Kevin Macdonald and cast members Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, and Rachel McAdams

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Reviews (3) of State of Play

Top Class Thriller - State of Play review by Jawbreaker

Spoiler Alert
21/04/2009

This superior political thriller was originally a hugely influential and groundbreaking BBC series at the time of its original broadcast. Now we have the Hollywood treatment, with many aspects being condensed or excised to allow a reasonable running time of two hours. The end result remains surprisingly enjoyable and thrilling. Of course the whole environment has been uprooted to Washington DC, and while its sad to see another British idea transplanted, Kevin MacDonald has done a tremendous job. Russell Crowe is excellent as the grizzly reporter, caught between loyalties to his friends and those of his profession. Ben Affleck despite some criticism suits the clean-cut ex-military hero, turned congressman. As Cal, Crowe slowly pieces together random murders with a pending scandal that looks set to shock the political scene on the hill. Helen Mirren is underplayed as the ruthless newspaper editor, with Rachel McAdams arguably in her breakout role as a blogger turned proper reporter. State of Play is thoroughly recommended, it harks back to an era of classic thrillers that relied on the storyline (with accompanying twists) rather than any lavish stunts, explosions or bedrooms scenes. This makes it extremely refreshing, especially as it shows how to adapt a television series without alienating what made it popular originally.

4 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

Smooth - State of Play review by JD

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26/10/2015

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.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Loved it, despite Helen Mirren. - State of Play review by DW

Spoiler Alert
31/03/2018

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.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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