Skip to Main Content
Skip to Main Navigation
Skip to Footer
Sign in / Register
TV On Demand
Film on TV
Film On Demand
State of Play
Video clips are automatically supplied by broadcasters and distributors. RadioTimes.com is not responsible for the clip's contents.
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Pinterest
Share on Google Plus
Share on Reddit
Email to a friend
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
Full Episode Guide
What to watch now Line of Duty series 4 has finished
Don't know what to watch now AC-12's case has run its course? Perhaps these brilliant crime series can help...
No Offence is an addictive, funny and disturbing cop show with the glorious humanity of Shameless
From Sherlock to State of Play, the seven shows in our TV time capsule
Conspiracy thrillers are back in fashion
Interview: John Simm - on fatherhood and family
Keira Knightley says "female characters nearly always get raped" in modern day films
Who is guest-starring in Benidorm series 10?
Chris Chibnall says Broadchurch is "absolutely" never coming back
New Star Wars trilogy may go to new places, new times...and bring back Jar Jar Binks