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State of Play

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John Simm, David Morrissey, ...
Joss Barratt

State of Play

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
118 minutes
Wide Release Date:
04/17/09
performer:
Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Edward Norton
director:
Kevin MacDonald
distributor:
Universal
author:
Matthew Michael Carnahan, Tony Gilroy, Billy Ray
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A

Next year’s Russell Croweled movie remake of State of Play, the tense BBC miniseries, has loads to live up to: There’s Paul Abbott’s slick script, adroitly linking the mysterious, seemingly random murders of a purse snatcher and a political researcher. There’s Bill Nighy’s BAFTA-winning turn as the cranky newsman whose team (James McAvoy, John Simm, and Kelly Macdonald) cracks the case. And there’s David Yates’ adrenalized direction, which Abbott says in a commentary — one of two composing the EXTRAS — can ”make it look ordinary…then let the absolute panic surface.” A

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