Monday, April 27, 2009

The Truth about "State of Play"

This past weekend I went to the movies for the first time in a long time. I had heard lots of positive reaction about the movie State of Play so I went into it having high expectations; I was not disappointed. The movie was well acted with lots of great dialogue, well directed, and unpredictable from start to finish. I don't want to give too much away because I think you should go see this movie.
Russell Crowe gives a convincing performance as Washington Globe Reporter Cal McAffrey. Rachel McAdams is well matched as young rookie colleaugue. blog reporter Della Frye. Ben Affleck gives a surprisingly good performance as Congressman Stephen Collins who ends up being tangled in a web of lies. Helen Mirren and Robin Wright Penn both play supporting roles in which they sometimes end up stealing the scene. Even more impressive than the movie itself is the message that the movie sends.
It's a movie about truth; the importance of telling the truth and the importance of exposing the truth to those who do not know it themselves. So important is truth in this movie that some risk their lives to keep it from people while some risk their lives to expose it.
The movie made me remember why I wanted to be a journalist in the first place. Cal decides near the beginning of this movie that he is on this quest for the truth and will not stop until he finds it. Della Frye is so hungry for the truth that sometimes she even makes rash decisions. The thing about truth is that sometimes in order to find it we have to admit to ourselves that we may not like what we find. Any bias we may have about what we believe the truth is has to be put aside. The truth can hurt sometimes but ultimately it's worth it because truth helps us to see things for how or what they really are. Seeing things for how they really are, the discovery of truth, means we can move forward and not be at this false reality or standstill in life. The truth sometimes means healing and it always eventually leads to progress.

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