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Saturday, April 18, 2009
 
State of Play



This was a surprisingly taut thriller. One of the principal tensions in the movie is between Old Media, represented by Russell Crowe as an old school print reporter, and New Media, represented by Rachel McAdams as a reporter/blogger for the paper's online edition. Crowe brings enough conflicts of interest for two people to the investigation of a timely political conspiracy. The drama is undermined only slightly by overlooking some of the dynamics of the 24/7 news cycle and by the presentation of Crowe's reporter as someone still dependent on paper databases.

Interestingly, one of the most disturbing images in the film is during the end credits when we see robots wheeling rolls of paper around the printing plant. It was as telling a portrait of modern society as the film's central conspiracy of the outsourcing of our most important public functions.
 

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