“State of Play,” directed by Kevin MacDonald (“The Last King of Scotland”) is the story of a group of investigative reporters from the fictional Washington Globe, trying to solve the murder of a prominent Congressman’s aide. The movie is an adaptation of a BBC miniseries of the same title. The film stars Russell Crowe as old fashioned journalist Cal McAffery, in charge of uncovering a web of lies in this mysterious death. Rachel McAdams is Della Frye, a blogger and web journalist who is paired with Crowe to help investigate the murder. Ben Affleck stars as Congressman Stephen Collins, an up and coming politician seemingly blindsided by situations beyond his control.
State of Play is a political/crime thriller/drama that is well composed and acted. The storyline is clever, with a few twists, turns and downright surprises. Crowe, Affleck and McAdams put on solid performances, and the movie is well directed. I was not expecting much from this movie, but was pleasantly surprised. Seeing as there are few quality movies in theaters, “State of Play” is a safe bet to get your money’s worth.