State of Play
When rising star, congressman Stephen Collins, announces at a hearing with tears in his eyes that his assistant, Sonia Baker, has died in a subway accident, the press immediately sees this as proof that the congressman and his assistant had an affair. Collins gets sucked into a media tornado but his former college roommate and investigative reporter Cal McAffrey believes there’s more to the matter than one would think at first sight.
Together with online reporter Della Frye he starts investigating the matter to find out that the company that’s being investigated by congress, Pointcorp, actually had Sonja Baker on their payroll. It quickly becomes clear that things aren’t as they seem but with the newpaper’s deadline coming closer, time is running out to get to the bottom of things…
Sound and Vision:
Although the movie was filmed with the use of several different styles, we can easily say this transfer on Blu-ray is excellent. No unintentional grain, no compression errors or noise and instead plenty of detail, perfect color balance and good contrast. Excellent!
Although this thriller isn’t spiked with a plentitude of action, the DTS-HD track stands out thanks to the many details and the crystal clear dialogues. Just like the image quality: excellent!
– Washington DC Locations
– Making of State of Play
– Deleted Scenes
A couple of standard extras spiced up with some blu-ray exclusive content. Nothing really special if we compare to other top releases on this medium.
State of Play is an excellent political thriller with a terrific cast that does its job perfectly. Can we be any more positive?
Political thrillers can be boring but State of Play touches the right nerves and keeps the viewer at the edge of his seat at all times and you’ll constantly have “Watergate” in the back of your mind. The plot twists are well done and the acting is of high level, with Russell Crowe doing a great job once again.
Two words: get it!