State of Play

State of Play

Kevin Macdonald (2009)

12A Certificate


Our Score
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

Cal McAffrey Russell Crowe
Stephen Collins Ben Affleck
Della Frye Rachel McAdams
Cameron Lynne Helen Mirren
Anne Collins Robin Wright
Dominic Foy Jason Bateman
George Fergus Jeff Daniels
Robert Bingham Michael Berresse
Detective Bell Harry Lennix
Greer Thornton Wendy Makkena
Director Kevin Macdonald
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Apr 2009