State of Play

(DVD - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
State of Play
The murder of an ambitious politician's researcher leads journalist Cal McCaffrey to uncover a complex thriller revealing the links between government and big business.
Publisher: [S.l.] : BBC Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2008]
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 1419865153
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE S
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (350 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jan 02, 2015
  • InvernessS rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Subtitles help this fast-paced film with excellent actors. So intricate in detail of the plot that it's easy to get lost. 3 episodes to each disc. Really brilliant cast.

Dec 29, 2014
  • adhopkins rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another good Bill Nighy performance. A series that holds your interest throughout. The supporting actors give good performances, too, and there are plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep you on your toes.

Sep 16, 2014
  • harrybrowne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Better than the Russell Crowe version, which was very good. This is a superb BBC drama about political corruption (nothing new here). Suspenseful and tense, it starts out fast paced and never lets up, yet stays coherent throughout. Brilliant script and outstanding acting. Especially John Simm, an amazingly versatile actor (see him in "Life on Mars" and "Exile") and the equally notable Bill Nighy (see him in "Page Eight"). James McAvoy is surprisingly effective. Musical score is good but often too intrusive.

Story is the same old, same old: The incestuous relationship between government, industry and lobbyists, with the complicity of the lapdog media (with rare exception).

P.S. Accents are thick but do not detract from the story.

Jul 08, 2014
  • jazeebelle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you enjoyed the Russell Crow american version you will really like this one. The original version is so much better than the american one. (as per usual) The plot line is juicier and the characters are more realistic and genuine. If you haven't seen the American version, skip it and watch this one instead. You won't be disappointed.

Mar 15, 2014
  • WordWoman007 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What a terrific series! I recommend this highly. Bill Nighy gives one of his best performances, and the other actors are fantastic, as well. Enjoy!

Oct 01, 2013
  • ilove48whippets rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Well-done, very-interesting movie! I recommend it!

Sep 15, 2013
  • scrubble4 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It is so nice to watch something that with good acting and a strong story line. An enjoyable evening's watch.

Sep 02, 2013
  • deldiva rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding!! Awesome British mystery!!! It provided many twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. I hope there is a continuation of this series. Highly recommend!!!

Superb moving drama. Acting natural, understated, realistic. Facial expressions always excellent in British dramas. I don't even want to see the US version after this.

Jul 05, 2013
  • GEORGE STEPANENKO rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This original of the US motion picture sharing the same title is outstanding--everything the remake is not. The remake was OK, but, to its credit, it only had about 2 hours to tell the story that the BBC miniseries takes 3 times that to tell. But, that said, this is a video worth watching--and then watching again. The suspense is electric, the actors are terrific. Make sure you activate English subtitles, though, because the dialogue (which is great) can throw you. Some years back my wife and I noticed that, whenever, a reviewer called a book or motion picture "riveting," it was a total bust. State of Play is riveting in the best, true sense of that word.

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