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Yesterday’s News Still Blog-Worthy
A gruff old-school reporter (Russell Crowe playing his A-game) becomes personally entangled in a breaking news story surrounding his old college buddy turned congressman (Ben Affleck, not as bad as you would think) and a young female aid who died under mysterious circumstances in the surprisingly plausible political thriller “State of Play” from director Kevin MacDonald who was previously responsible for “The Last King of Scotland”. Though designed as a throw-back to paranoid investigative thrillers from the 1970’s, relevance is gained when the massive cover-up revealed becomes a vehicle for the filmmakers to explore the death of print news at the hand of digital mediums.
The twisty and engaging screenplay is credited to three scribes: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Tony Gilroy and Billy Ray. But it’s Gilroy’s fingerprints that shape the story with all the overlapping dialogue and conspiracy talk that will remind many of his “Michael Clayton”. Adapted from a sprawling BBC miniseries created by Paul Abbott, the trio is especially deft in their condensing of the story into a fully digestible two hours. Even as new characters and twists keep coming, the audience is never left out in the cold. They also give the cast plenty to chew on with some great throw-away lines amidst all the posturing between the cops, reporters, politicians and sleaze-bags.
Though it’s Crowe and Helen Mirren as his sparring and quick-witted boss who shine the most, this is essentially an ensemble piece, and it’s especially clever when Jason Bateman arrives on screen for a few pivotal scenes as a smug public relations guru who’s too dumb to realize he knows too much. The cast also includes Robin Wright Penn as Affleck’s wife, Jeff Daniels as the arrogant majority whip and Harry Lennix, who as a D.C. detective makes a compelling case here for the lead role in the Barack Obama Story. The only miscalculation in the casting is poor Rachel McAdams, lovely but annoying in her high-pitch as Crowe’s blogging tag-along looking to kick it old-school and get something in print.
By the third act “State of Play” overplays its hand in its attempts to be timely with too much talk of the privatization of the military, Capitol Hill sex scandals and traditional newspapers losing out in the digital age to bloggers more concerned with gossip than real journalism. It could’ve also been more subtle in its preaching about the importance of serious investigative reporting. It should be commended, however, for an otherwise smart screenplay that doesn’t spell out all its twists and turns too early and the well polished cast who give the film a slick sheen. Even though it might be reporting on yesterday’s news, “State of Play” still makes for solid rainy day entertainment and is worthy of blogging about.
Decent, If Unmemorable, Political Thriller
I would label this a “decent-but-unmemorable political thriller,” something you’d probably enjoy viewing but a few weeks later had forgotten much of it. Usually, movies which star Russell Crowe are more dynamic, although Crowe still mesmerizes as usual.
I liked the twists and turns at the end, but one has to wait about two hours for those and that’s a little too long a wait. As slick a production as it was, and with acceptable acting from actor, it was many of the characters here that seemed more like Hollywood stereotypes than real-life people.
There was Crowe with the hippie looks from 30-40 years ago and who has the daring of James Bond; the Washington newspaper editor being a foul-mouthed Brit (crusty Helen Mirren) who uses profane expresses the Americans wouldn’t know; the neophyte blogster (Rachel McAdams) being drop-dead gorgeous and getting her way despite tough bosses; the bad guys being anyone connected with the military (man, is that getting old, from Dr. Strangelove to today’s films – it never changes), the professional sniper/assassin conveniently missing the good guy (Crowe) although he could kill anyone else……you get the picture – a few too many liberal film clichés. The most realistic character was probably “Rep. Stephen Collins (D-Pa),” played by the least of the actors, Ben Affleck.
As for minor characters, I thought “Dominic Foy,” played by Jason Bateman, was fascinating, as was Robin Wright.
Overall, for entertainment purposes it was okay; not something you’d yawn and fall asleep watching, although you might be confused here and there. Through the gimmicks of hyped-up music and sound effects here and there, the suspense was evident throughout the two-plus hours. It’s also an interesting look at today’s battle between old and new “media,” meaning newspapers and the Internet, respectively.
Overall, it’s enough to warrant as a purchase at the rental store but not as a blind buy despite the “name” cast.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 7 min (127 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director Kevin Macdonald
Writer Matthew Michael Carnahan (screenplay), Tony Gilroy (screenplay), Billy Ray (screenplay), Paul Abbott (television series)
Actors Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren
Country USA, UK, France
Awards 2 wins & 4 nominations.
Production Company Andell Entertainment, Bevan-Fellner
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arriflex 235, Panavision C-Series Lenses, Panavision Genesis HD Camera, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2, Panavision C-, E- and G-Series Lenses
Laboratory EFILM Digital Laboratories, Hollywood (CA), USA (digital intermediate), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 3,475 m (Sweden), 3,504 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 500T 5219, Vision2 500T 5260), Video (HD)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), HDCAM SR (1080p/24) (source format), Panavision (anamorphic) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision Premier 2393), D-Cinema