Monday, April 27, 2009

Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams and Russell Crowe in STATE OF PLAY.

STATE OF PLAY... I saw the film this weekend, and it’s pretty good. Not very often that I watch political thrillers at the theater (unless, of course, you count old Tom Clancy films like The Hunt for Red October and Clear and Present Danger, haha). On one side, the plot was satisfying (A U.S. congressman played by Ben Affleck realizes he’s being set-up by a private military contractor he was holding hearings on...and uses a troubled Gulf War veteran he was comrades with to eliminate people the contractor sent to spy on him. Russell Crowe and Rachel McAdams are reporters who investigate this their own risk)...and on the other hand, it reminded me of the current season of the hit FOX TV show, 24. Which isn't a bad thing, of course. 24 is also dealing with U.S. mercenaries (led by Jon Voight) who resort to deadly means when their business is being threatened by the American government. Thanks for the inspiration, Blackwater.

Crowe and Ben Affleck in STATE OF PLAY.

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