• State of Play (2009)

State of Play

Release Date: April 17th, 2009

DVD Release Date: September 1st, 2009

PG-13 |2 hr 7 min

Plot Summary

Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is a rising star in Washington; handsome, unflappable and seemingly honorable, he's seen as his party's next presidential nominee. Until, however, his research assistant/mistress is found murdered and damaging secrets come pouring out. Journalist Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe), Collins' old friend, must investigate the murder, and walks headlong into a massive cover-up involving some of the nation's most promising political and corporate figures.

Cast: Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Dame Helen Mirren, Robin Wright, Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels, Michael Berresse

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Genres: Thriller , Crime drama

Production Co: Andell Entertainment, Bevan-Fellner

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: 2000s, Engaging, Murder, Pursuit, Investigation, Suspenseful, Mystery

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Premiere

    This is a smart script. There is a wealth of twists, but none of them have to beat you over the head. show more

  • 100
    Chris KaltenbachBaltimore Sun

    Nothing is as it seems in State of Play, a crackerjack political thriller in which no individual, profession or institution gets away clean. show more

  • 50
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    There is nothing we haven't seen here before in terms of chases, intrigue and betrayals, so for all its A-list cast and production values, the film comes off as routine. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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