Friday, April 17, 2009

STATE OF PLAY

This is one of the best political thrillers I have seen in a long time. I will say the ending is obvious within the first 15 minutes of the film, but it does not change the fact it is a good film. Everyone gets an A+ for acting

While the story is just a vehicle for depicting the reality of American politics, I believe the writer hit the nail on the head in terms of the greater story. A key part of the story is the demise of the print press. Near the end of the movie the problems created by corporate ownership of the press becomes obvious. They try and kill papers based on political expediency, and then complain no one wants to read their papers.

Another part of the story is corporate influence over Washington. The main bad corporate entity is a fictitious Halliburton, trying to take over the national security of the United States both domestically and internationally.

Russell Crowe's job is to uncover the plot and the bad guys. I liked the investigative journalism part of the movie a lot. I would imagine most journalists today who see the film will assume it is all fiction and that no one who has ever done investigative fiction would investigate a story such as Russell Crowe does in this film. Before the demise of journalism this is exactly what journalist did for a story.

What I really liked a lot about the story is it told the truth about American politics and journalism. the corruption is coming from all sides. An important scene in the film is when Russell Crowe refuses to go with a sensational article which will sell newspapers, but which he believes is a distraction created by the bad guys. The editor takes him down when she learns her newspaper missed a scoop, which in the end turned out to be false.

On Monday I will pick up on this theme and tie it to the Tea Parties.

2 comments:

BobbyWC said...

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Thanks

Bobby WC

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