State of Play

State of Play

DVD - 2008
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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: [Place of publication not identified] : BBC Video, 2008.
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9781419865152
1419865153
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 STA
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (350 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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MartineVK
Jun 27, 2017

One of the best TV thrillers of recent years. When they remade this as a film, they didn't realize that half the pleasure was the characters interaction. All the film had was the basic plot, but no one character to care about. Skip the film. Watch the real thing instead.

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roosevelt
Aug 28, 2016

Very enjoyable 5 stars from me

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ranger973
Jun 10, 2016

Like so many mini series this one starts off like gangbusters: crimes of violence mixed with political intrigue. However, State of Play runs out of steam in the final two episodes. The two leads, played by Morrissey & Simm, lose their interest as characters and simply become annoying. The "trick" ending, I find, is unsatisfying. The series teased us with hints of corruption at the highest levels of government and business, but instead of some big bang at the end we get a pop gun going off. Like drinking champagne that has gone flat.
To close on a bright note: Bill Nighy, in a supporting role, gets some great lines from the writers and delivers them with his usual aplomb.

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chogs
Jan 26, 2016

Totally agree with Froster, comment down below

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talktimereader
Jul 20, 2015

I agree...forget Hollywood. This is why we love the BBC. This 6 episode mini series is drama, suspense, and action at its best. The government covering up and breaking down scandal into small bits to try to avoid trouble, and promising everything they do not intend to deliver ....(ahem..sound familiar?) and the journalists chasing the story that involves them personally, and the police trying to tie up so many loose ends. The acting by all is great. One amusing slip to watch for...'Anne' referring to 'David' let her in. Referring to David Morrissey instead of his character's name 'Stephen'.

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molly
Jun 20, 2015

I'd watch any movie with Bill Nighy.....and, like all British film
making, this is good. Forget Hollywood.

Marinetti Apr 09, 2015

Complex political thriller/ whodunnit that will keep you guessing until the end. Outstanding cast all around.

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Nursebob
Feb 04, 2015

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.

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IV27HUjg
Jan 02, 2015

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.

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adhopkins
Dec 29, 2014

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.

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