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Despite the flab, Russell Crowe proves he's definitely no slouch in this excellent conspiracy thriller based on the BBC TV mini-series. He brings a raw intensity to the role of slovenly Washington journalist Cal McAffrey, who smells a rat when a political aide employed by his old college pal and rising Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) turns up dead. The intricately woven plot sees McAffrey chasing down a high-ranking politician (an unusually sinister Jeff Daniels) and rankling his editor (a typically hard-nosed Helen Mirren). It's more overblown than
All the President's Men
, but as in that 1976 classic the real intrigue unfolds behind closed doors and in the brainstorming sessions between McAffrey and internet journalist Della Frye (Rachel McAdams). Director Kevin Macdonald (
The Last King of Scotland
) also adds tension to the story by examining how the digital revolution is threatening to make the more traditional methods of reporting obsolete.
A hard-nosed journalist investigating the murder of a congressman's intern discovers a connection between the tragedy and the death of a petty crook on the same evening. As he works to get to the bottom of the story, the reporter uncovers a political conspiracy that places him in a precarious and potentially life-threatening position. Thriller, starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren and Rachel McAdams.
Cast & Crew
DVD and Blu-ray
24 Apr 2009
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