DVD Review by Kam Williams
Headline: Russell Crowe Political Potboiler Comes to DVD
This is a flick with a transparent, political agenda posing as an edge-of-your-seat thriller. The movie is basically a thinly-veiled indictment of elected officials who put their services up for sale to lobbyists offering the biggest bribes. The story revolves around Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) who is carrying on a clandestine affair with a young assistant named Sonia Baker (Maria Thayer).
Events unfold in spectacular fashion with a couple of slayings on the streets of
A local newspaper takes more of an interest in cracking the case than the cops, and they seem to have more resources at their disposal. Editor-in-chief Cameron Lynne assigns seasoned veteran Cal McAffrey and cub reporter Della Frye (Rachel McAdams) to head the investigation.
What naïve Della doesn’t know is that her partner was Congressman Collins’ roommate in college. What’s more, the two are still best friends, and
A lot gets conflated when you condense a TV miniseries to a two-hour adaptation, which is what we have with State of
A heck of a roller coaster ride, even if the rabbit-out-of-the-hat resolution is likely to leave you feeling a little bit cheated. Sometimes, getting there is all the fun.
Very Good (3 stars)
Rated PG-13 for violence, profanity, sexual references and brief drug use.
Running time: 127 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
DVD Extras: “The Making of” featurette.