‘State of Play’
A 2003 TV series about the details of the deaths of a London politician’s assistant on subway tracks and a shot thug is the basis for the full length movie, State of Play. This movie has an impressive cast of Russell Crowe (Cal) – reporter for a Washington newspaper, Ben Affleck (Stephen) – Cal’s college roommate and currently a Congressman, Helen Mirren – Cal’s editor, Rachel McAdams – a youthful blogger about happenings on the Hill.
The movie itself begins with Stephen in Washington. He is the leader of a hearing by congress into the misdeeds of certain corporations. He is informed his mistress has been found dead on the subway tracks. The tragic demise of the twenty four year old mistress results in Stephen crying on camera. Her death is categorized as a suicide, however, contrary evidence indicates otherwise. The movie goes on to reveal other murders connected to her death. It is Cal, the disheveled reporter who is on the trail.
This movie has a rather complicated plot due to a number of layers that have to be peeled back before reaching any conclusion. The center of the plot is a conspiracy that eventually reveals the involvement of private individuals, government and the military. There are movie enthusiasts who felt there were perhaps one too many ‘red herrings’ that served no purpose in moving the plot forward.
There are some memorable moments supplied by some supporting cast members. For example, there’s an entertainment agent connected to the dead mistress. The movie would have been that much the better if this character had a lengthier appearance.