Sunday, 21 June 2009

State Of Play (2009)

At a glance:
Good example of an effective political thriller that doesn't try too hard, based on a BBC series some years ago. Fat fuck Russell Crowe (apparently no more fat roles for him after this, I remember readin) teams up with a cutesy Rachel McAdams as journalists who are on to a case of two seemingly unrelated deaths. Other players are Ben Affleck as a stiff Congressman, Robin Wright Penn as his resigned wife, Jason Bateman as an amazin PR prick and the ageless Helen Mirren as the brutal editor. Movie is entertainin. Clever, contained.
Perennial wonderment:
Russell Crowe. He has no right to act as well as he does in every role that he does.
Watch out for:
Some pretty suave humour from Russell Crowe's character.
Most memorable line:
When Russell Crowe's journo character complained about McAdams' online blogger: I've been here fifteen years, I've got a sixteen year old computer. She's been here fifteen minutes and she's got enough gear to launch a fuckin satellite.
Amacam joker, berapa bintang lu mau kasi?
Three and a half stars because the climax wasn't as satisfyin as it could've been. However, this is one of the most watchable films of its ilk in recent years. Never trust an editor, though.