Nov 11, 2009

State of Play

Though fairly formulaic and predictable (halfway through, it becomes clear as daylight who the bad guy is), I think this film was still worth watching. Not just because Russell Crowe is a pretty good actor and makes the discovery of additional layers in the “search for truth” quite captivating, but mostly because State of Play reiterates the hardships of investigating and publishing a news story that might pose a threat to an important corporation. In other words, because it is in fact a film about how media is more and more a business + less and less an institution working in the public interest. And how press freedom becomes a virtually inexistent concept. I know this is not news, but it was particularly interesting to watch this film now, when media in Romania seems to register a dramatic decrease in quality, partly due to the electoral campaign, but mostly because of recent changes in ownership configuration.

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