Joss Barratt
Aubry D'Arminio
March 03, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

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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