Affairs of State
Affairs of State
In his quest for power, D.C. aide Michael Lawson will do anything to take part in Senator Baines's White House campaign, including blackmailing Baines's shady advisor and sleeping with the candidate's wife. But when he gets involved with the senator's daughter, Lawson learns his dangerous game could have a deadly payoff.
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June 16, 2018 at 05:27 AM
Damn this movie was awful..
A young campaign aide gets in way over his head when he sleeps with the wife and daughter of a presidential candidate only to end up bleeding out on the side of an empty road at night. Affairs of State is a political thriller and a really bad one i'm afraid, this movie was doomed from the first 5 minutes when the lead actor was making love to a woman like 40 years older than him, the acting was all over the place and the "actors" had no experience what so ever, director Eric Bross has directed one of the most dull and boring films of 2018 that will waste 1 hour and 37 minutes from your life of absolutely nothing and see puppets "acting" on screen. (0/10)
Not The West Wing, mind you; but the LEFT Wing
Good looking, ambitious young politico sleeps and blackmails his way onto a Conservative presidential campaign and quickly reaps the whirlwind.
This ultra-low-budget (it looks like it was shot with a camcorder), pseudo-sophisticated wanna-be thriller wears its politics on its sleeve. Once again, the Right is inherently evil. At one point a black character - a wealthy, hip hop impresario - tells a man of the Right that even if many blacks do share his Conservative values, "We still just n*****s to you." And the right-wing guy agrees with him! (He does everything but twirl a mustache)
Another character - moderately selfish, yes, but compared with the others, a voice of reason - - has an extended riff about how the United Party (a stand-in for the GOP) is a bunch of "fascists" in favor of "selling guns to 7-year-olds and laughing while the cops shoot people in the street."
Now, are there unsympathetic Progressives in this movie? Sure. A few. But their POLITICS are never questioned.
But of course, no professional critic so far has mentioned this. Why? Because critics are Progressive themselves (most of them), and fish don't know they're wet. In their minds, it's simply a GIVEN that the Right is evil - duh! - so portraying them as such is simply hewing to reality, and hardly worth the mention. But I'll lay odds that if the LEFT was being portrayed this way, they'd definitely be writing about it. And deducting points accordingly.
So I'll deduct points myself for the shameless bias ... as well as the threadbare production values, the incredibly lame plotting (a clandestine meeting in an underground parking structure? Are you kidding me??), the sometimes-good/often-mediocre dialogue, and the utter lack of suspense.
Credit where it's due, though: It's refreshing to see a woman over 60 (Mimi Rogers) playing a sexually vital character, and the young lead (David Corenswet) gives a good performance.
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Has a few good actors such as Thora Birch and Adrian Greneir, the lead has a flat performance throughout with his character written as a highly irrational man who easily gives into his desires without realizing the personal risks involved and hence the movie revolves around his irrational decisions. Would have been a more interesting movie if it only revolved around Thora Birch and Adrian Greneir, but it would not have been sensational then, a lack of intelligent writing to put it simply.