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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Feb 04, 2015
  • Nursebob rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A newspaper team investigating the suicide of a prominent senator’s mistress realize they have more on their hands when the clues they uncover seem to link her with the murder of a petty thief a day earlier. Following the trail a conspiracy theory begins to emerge involving bribes, crooked politics, and a sinister defense contractor currently under investigation by the dead woman’s lover. As the team continues to flesh out the story the head reporter begins to have a conflict of interest for not only is he a personal friend of the senator, he also has a romantic history with the man’s wife. Kevin Macdonald has fashioned a tightly paced potboiler simmering with adrenaline and mounting paranoia, and with stars Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck playing off each other it’s certainly easy to watch. Too bad he expects us to accept a string of convenient coincidences, a rather lame twist, and an ending awash in genre clichés. This is the type of thriller the admen like to label as pulse-pounding and breathless, I just found it tired but still watchable.

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!!!

Aug 12, 2013

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.

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