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
Director Kevin Macdonald intended the movie to pay homage to "all the president's Men" by using the Watergate Hotel and the parking garage as locations. 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 »
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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