“State of Play” is a thrilling investigation by journalist out for more than they bargain for. Starring Russell Crowe as Cal McAffrey and Rachel McAdams as Della Frye who are reporters for The Washington Globe, and find themselves intertwined in a huge corporate scandal. The story does not only prove to be front page worthy, but also deadly. The scandal revolves around Stephan Collins (Ben Affleck) who happens to be a college roommate of Cal’s, which makes the story personal. Being the professional he is, Cal sticks to his guns and proceeds with his investigation and reporting and the story you get is so much more than what you expect.
U.S. congressman Stephen Collins is gaining his political as the chairman of a committee assigned to oversee defense spending. As Collins begins to look into the budget and finds some unsavory things, he begins to dig deeper to find the truth. During this time scandal scourers Collins when his research assistant is murdered, and the relationship they shared begins to surface. Cal McAffrey and Della Frye begin to investigate two separate stories that turn into one monumental conspiracy. What comes next will be so shocking that you will have to pry your jaw from the floor.
The set of The Globe was reconstructed so well that you felt the pressure of the deadline. It was great to see Russell Crowe back in action and he offered the immensely talented performance you would expect. Performances by McAdams, Affleck, Jason Bateman and Helen Mirren are nothing short of superb. The plot was laid out very well, at times difficult to stay with, but once you are on the ride you are committed to the end. There were a few too many unexpected twists and turns, but nothing too bad. “State of Play” turns in stellar performances, a winding plot and intriguing characters that make it an exhilarating thriller.
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