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Shattered Glass [DVD]
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Billy Ray wrote and directed this edgy drama based on the true story of Stephen Glass (Hayden Christensen), a brilliant young journalist fresh out of college who, under the wing of editor Michael Kelly (Hank Azaria), rose quickly to become the toast of the world of magazine journalism in the late 1990s when he wrote a series of dazzling articles for the prestigious publication The New Republic. But when, after a rare slip, one of his stories is revealed to be fabricated, it isn't long before his entire career unravels - as more than half of the 41 stories he filed for the magazine turn out to be partially or wholly made up. The supporting cast includes Peter Sarsgaard, Chloë Sevigny and Rosario Dawson.
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You won't be disappointed. It's one of my favourite films and I love the quirkiness of it and the theme tune.
Rather than painting Glass as overtly malicious, this film is more sympathetic. It depicts Stephen as so craving the affection and respect of his colleagues at the NR that he'd go to any extreme to contribute a sensational story for the magazine. It left me wondering what Stephen's home life was like while growing up. However, in contrast to last year's hit CATCH ME IF YOU CAN wherein the featured scam artist was presented almost as a folk hero, at least the creators of SHATTERED GLASS had the honesty to portray its protagonist for the pathetic puppy he apparently was. Christensen was eminently believable as Glass - I despised the character from the very start.
The "hero" of this film, if there can be said to be one, is the NR's new managing editor, Chuck Lane (Peter Sarsgaard), who must determine the extent of Stephen's lying ways without alienating the rest of the young staff writers, who already consider him to be the toady of the Big Boss. Sarsgaard's Lane did a splendid job of causing me to suspend my cynicism for a brief moment and actually believe that the NR's collective mea culpa at the finale was actually brought on by a hiccup of journalistic integrity than the fact of getting caught.Read more ›
Then one of his stories is challenged and all of a sudden he is revealed for the fraud that he really is. What follows is a gripping tale where I found my sentiments go through a complete shift when you see how duplicitous he actually was.
This is based on a real story and is amazing that someone could have gotten away with it for so long - some three years from 1995 to 1998. The actors here are excellent especially Hayden Christensen as the baby faced Glass. Peter Sarsgaard as Chuck puts in an emotionally under played performance too. This though is an ensemble piece and the whole thing has a quality feel from start to finish; a real gem of a film that I find easy to recommend.
A brilliant film, unencumbered by attempts to explore Glass's psyche. He was a liar who got found out. Simples.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great movie. Interesting story and good actors. Really liked the story Line and how they showed Stephen Glass seemed totally unaware of the seriousness of his actions.Published 2 months ago by Annette Birch
Could not get the English version to work on either the portable DVD player or the mains player. Waste of money.Published 8 months ago by Charlie
Good condition good film especially from Hayden ChristensenPublished 10 months ago by Corey sapsford
Terrible acting. I mean really truly awful acting from Hayden Christensen. Boring film to look at, to me it only seemed to take place in 3 locations. Read morePublished on 19 April 2014 by jonny mccabe
I chose to buy this film as it features some very good supporting actors. However, the acting of the leading man was very bad. He was not at all convincing as a young journalist. Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2013 by Nikolaos
Brilliant movie. Watched it ver again. Good quality. Bearing it mind its imported had no trouble playing in the DVDPublished on 4 July 2013 by shaza
not what i was expecting at all. turned out to be a good film. keeps you wondering whats real and whats not. good actingPublished on 14 Aug. 2012 by itching fingers
I stumbled across this movie and am so glad I did. I really enjoyed it, even although most of it was very nerve racking and nail biting to watch. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2011 by Amy Connolly