A petty thief is gunned down in an alley and a Congressman's assistant falls in front of a subway - two seemingly unrelated deaths. But not to wisecracking, brash newspaper reporter Cal McAffrey who spies a conspiracy waiting to be uncovered. With a turbulent past connected to the Congressman and the aid of ambitious young rookie writer Della Frye, Cal begins uprooting clues that lead him to a corporate cover-up full of insiders, informants, and assassins. But as he draws closer to the truth, the relentless journalist must decide if it's worth risking his life and selling his soul to get the ultimate story. Written by
The Massie Twins
There is a partially hidden photo of real-life Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of 1970's Watergate fame on the wall of McAffrey's cubicle. See more »
Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) first appears to Cal McAffrey's (Russel Crowe) apartments unshaven. Then we see him looking out from the window and is totally shaved. When the camera is on him again in the apartment he is unshaven again but not in the same length as before. See more »
I want you to do a complete rundown on this Sonia Baker: who she knew, who she blew, the color of her knickers.
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The printing process of a newspaper is shown as the ending credits start to show up. See more »
Character-wise, this movie doesn't have the complex figures of the best political thrillers. Dialogs are the brightest. Editing is great and the music's appropriate without being too prominent. But those are small quibbles when it comes to one of the most honest major features to come out in a long time. You'll hardly know where the facts end and where the fiction begins, because so much of it, barely obscured by a change of name, is real. As much a fiction this movie is, it may as well be a documentary.
I watched this in a mostly empty theater on a Sunday night. Americans, they told you so.
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