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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: Crime drama, Thriller

Production Co: Andell Entertainment, Bevan-Fellner

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

  • Acting-wise, the showstopper is Jason Bateman, with a diabolically entertaining turn as a smarmy PR man remarkably free with confidential information. show more

  • There's simply too much stuff for a two-hour feature, and three writers, including Tony Gilroy, haven't figured out how to boil it down into a readily comprehensible narrative, or how to solve the problem of an ending that goes blah rather than bang. show more

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