It was never going to match the complexity of the original TV series but given the talent involved in front of and behind the camera, the result is disappointing. McDonald aims for 70s war journalistic thrills but Afleck is miscast and nothing really holds together. Only Helen Mirren’s spiky editor brings anything memorable.
Old school journalist meets new school political blogger in an old-fashioned conspiracy thriller in which both sort things out. A very entertaining movie, although the issues are not new (corruption, greed, betrayel, power play), but still interesting to see. However, in terms of conspiracy "All The President's Men" is the ultimate benchmark. In comparison to that it falls off. 3,5 stars.
Pretty good thriller - I'd give it a 3.5/5. Add to that pretty good adaptation. Great concept, cool twists, awesome score, some brilliant supporting roles. The thing is, I have just watched the British miniseries and I have to say that it is one of the greatest things I have ever seen on TV. Go out and watch it if you can - it is sublime.
An engaging thriller with an interesting story lines with enough twists to keep the suspense on. A strong cast adds kudos to the film and a particularly powerful soundtrack that further enhanced to the tension build up. Only draw back is that the complex scenario needed to untangle too quickly near the end in order to keep the film within a viewable 2 hour duration timeframe.
Solid political thriller from director Kevin Macdonald clearly emulates the conspiracy thrillers of the 1970s. Smart and well-crafted with strong performances from a stellar cast (though Ben Affleck is miscast, and doesn't quite reach the same level as the rest of the cast). Will it go down in the pantheon of great movie thrillers? No, but it is solid entertainment.