State of Play, Kevin Macdonald (2009)

Pretty good! But not great. The movie’s got this baroque D.C. corruption / sex / extortion / murder / bribery scandal plot, but it’s not really about that, it’s about the decline and decay of contemporary journalism. It’s no All the President’s Men, though. Why? Because that movie had the guts to be about a real scandal, rather than a made up one. Russell Crowe digging the dirt to get David Addington put away. That wouldn’t have been as sexy, but it would have been more satisfying.

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