Engrossing political thriller about a veteran reporter
(Russell Crowe) and a rookie blogger (Rachel McAdams) on the
same Washington paper who join forces to investigate a series
of murders, one of which involves a crusading congressman
(Ben Affleck) who's trying to expose corruption involving a
powerful military contractor. Kevin Macdonald directs this
streamlined version of an acclaimed BBC miniseries which,
though not always plausible, and with some of its revelations
all too transparent, has an intriguing narrative, a solid
cast and a script that eschews overt sex and violence, making
this acceptable for older teens.
Watch out for: Nongraphic violence, implied past adultery,
some rough language and profanity, brief sexual remarks and
innuendo, abortion and drug references.
Rated: USCCB: A-III; MPAA: PG-13