STATE OF PLAY
Edge of Your Seat Thrills
Release Date: April 17, 2009
Starring: Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck,
Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren,
Robin Wright Penn, Jason
Bateman, Jeff Daniels, and
Genre: Political Thriller
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 127 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/General
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Executive Producer: Paul Abbott, Liza Chasin,
Debra Hayward, E. Bennett
Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and
Writer: Matthew Michael Carnahan and
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Cal McAffrey, an old-school print journalist played by Russell Crowe, begins to investigate a double homicide. Teaming with female blogger Dell Frye (played by Rachel McAdams), the two begin an uneasy relationship as they discover that the homicides may be linked to a political scandal that’s brewing involving McAffrey’s college roommate, who is now a Congressman (played by Ben Affleck).
As they piece together the plot, the entanglement of McAffrey’s friendship with the Congressman mixes with concerns about a paramilitary government contractor and a mysterious rogue special forces operative, until the final moments of the movie, when more layers of an espionage plot are revealed.
STATE OF PLAY moves along familiar ground of conspiracy theories but delivers a number of “red herrings” and plot twists to keep viewers guessing. Russell Crowe as McAffrey and Rachel McAdams as Frye have a great chemistry together and deliver great performances. The story, however, is the star as the plot unravels, revealing all the connections of the political intrigue. The filmmakers have woven a very satisfying thriller, though they could have paid more attention to the personal emotional stories they tell. The music is very well done and unique as are all the other production values.
STATE OF PLAY has some minor foul language and the plot does revolve around adultery, but adulterous actions are only discussed since it happened in the past. There is also some violence with some blood when three characters are shot onscreen.
STATE OF PLAY delivers a fun ride of a thriller, but MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution, especially for pre-teens.
Russell Crowe as McAffrey and Rachel McAdams as Frye have a great chemistry together. The story is the movie’s real star, however. The filmmakers have woven a very satisfying thriller, though they could have paid more attention to the personal emotional stories they tell. The movie contains brief foul language but no sex scenes. It also has brief violence with some blood when three characters are shot onscreen. STATE OF PLAY delivers a fun ride of a thriller, but MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution, especially for pre-teens.