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Hayden Christensen stars as Stephen Glass, a staff writer for the respected current events and policy magainze The New Republic and a freelance feature writer for Rolling Stone, Harper's Bazaar and George. By the mid-90s, Glass' articles had turned him into one of the most sought-after journalists in Washington, but a bizarre chain of events suddenly stopped his career in its tracks.
- "60 Minutes" interview with the real Stephen Glass
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I bought this DVD like 4 months ago and burried from one of the blurays and dvds for some time and finally saw the sun last night.
The main actor was Hayden Christensen who also acted the main roll from the movie <STAR WARS EPISODE 3> as Anakin Skywalker. At that time I developed that he has this problem with talking. Some kind of breathing while talking. He still has from this movie but very minimum this time. Plus he totally changed his look with glasses on and white almost pale innocent looking and all.
The other main roll was Peter Sarsgaard who acted many times as a bad guy from movies such as <FLIGHTPLAN> as a terririst and <AN EDUCATION> as a married man who seduces the teenager and makes her educated (in a good word). I think casting him in this movie was a smart move because this time he was not a bad guy. But at the beginning the audience should think that maybe he is.
He at the beginning was just one of the newspaper guy and then the other guy was fired by some unreasonable reason and everyone in the newspaper team were kind of angry. That was the time when Peter Sarsgaard steps in and becomes that position. The audience feels bad about him at that time.
On the other hand Hayden Christenesen is a newspaper young journalist who's future is really bright and he wrote many interesting articles so far. He is also very popular with the women in the company. Everyone love him.
But the new boss Hayden found out that he fabricated many articles and made up unexisted people even and tells him your fired, everyone were in Hayden's side and against Peter.
But eventually they found out that Peter was right. Hayden was a smart and cunning young liar and a forger.
This incident becomes a major issue at last and the movie was even made which you are about to see,
The two main charactors' collition and other members as well make you joy watching this movie very much.
The women appeared in this movie are especially well acted. They are journalists all right by just looking at them.
What a hidden well made this was.
"Shattered Glass" brings this dilemma beautifully to life. Hayden Christensen is deft and wonderful as the seemingly deferential, self-deprecating, wide-eyed young writer who is oh-so-modest about the witty and revealing slice-of-life pieces he's turning in at the normally "stuffy" New Republic. Christensen's aw-shucks Glass is beloved by his co-workers and courted by competing editors. But--in his mind, at least--he's willing to tell young journalism students that humility is merely a tactic, a way of standing out from the other sharks in the shark tank. He's also able, in the same fashion, to share the secret of his success: for all the fact-checking that is part of the regular routine at a magazine like The New Republic, there is one type of story that can't be deflated by a fact checker: the kind where the reporter's self-made notes are the only source material against which "fact" can be checked. Glass does these sorts of pieces over and over again, until one day an online-magazine editor shows his reporter a Glass article related to their own venue and asks, "Why didn't YOU get this story?" The reporter, Adam Penenberg, (Steve Zahn, who plays a cool newshound better than most cool newshounds could, stopping just short of the cockiness that would make him unlikeable) is annoyed enough to wonder why, indeed, he didn't get it, and starts digging.
Glass is then in the unenviable position of being buried under his own dirt, but he refuses to come clean. Instead, he blames the whole affair on office politics: he was a favorite of fired TNR editor Mike Kelly (the wondrous Hank Azaria, man of a million faces and voices) and is now hated by the replacement editor (Peter Sarsgaard), whom he accuses of failing to back him when the fictions start hitting the fan. Sarsgaard, as usual, is just perfect as new editor Chuck Lane; he is one of those God-blessed talents who doesn't so much act a role as emanate it, making the word "Hello" clearly mean "I long to touch you" or "I'm going to kill you" with barely the flick of an eyebrow. His straight-arrow Chuck is, in fact, seeking to save his cub/star reporter, even as Christensen's Glass is deftly playing all the levels, amping up the pity factor and badmouthing Chuck to the rest of the staff. But when the facts (or lack thereof) start piling up, Chuck has to confront Glass. And even as he tries repeatedly to give his former colleague an out, Glass spins and spins, embellishing on the spot, dodging, weaving, and (I just loved Christensen's earnest outrage here) even going on the offensive, until Chuck is forced to say that all he wants is the truth: can't Glass just give him that?
Of course, Glass can't. So now it's Chuck who's doing the digging, pitting himself against Glass's loyal supporters. Prominent in this group are Caitlin (Chloe Sevigny, appearing again with Sarsgaard after creating so much magic with him and star Hilary Swank in "Boys Don't Cry"), and Amy (Melanie Lynskey, the underrated co-star of "Heavenly Creatures", who shared a brilliant screen debut with Kate Winslet), expert journalists who nonetheless are more inclined to mother Steve Glass than line-edit him. The showdown between Chuck, Steve, Caitlin, Amy and the rest of the staff isn't one full of guns blazing and blood spurting; it's uglier and subtler than that. It's about ethics versus entertainment, and something that might best be described as hubris, which can overtake us when we think we're better than the truth.
(This movie had an interesting epilogue: after his debacle at The New Republic, the real Stephen Glass published a novel called "The Fabulist". Three guesses as to what it was about. I don't know how the novel did. But Glass's actions only underscored the portrait "Shattered Glass" drew of him. I do not know whether he will be featured in the Oxford Unabridged Dictionary under "gall (unmitigated)", "egoist", or "mendacity", but these are the only places, I hope, where his name will again appear in print. Meanwhile, I congratulate all the rest of the cast of "Shattered Glass", who gave the film the look, feel, and authenticity it needed, aside from its main players, to make it a great film. Their performances were standouts, and I'm sure we'll be seeing all of them again, in bigger and better roles.)
Glass' classroom lecture, which culminates in one of the best "I-should-have-seen-that-coming-but-did-not" twist endings I've ever seen, is increasingly heartbreaking as you realize how cynically he is betraying everything he praises.
I showed this movie to a classroom of journalism students who were unfamiliar with the plot. I decided not to tell them about it ahead of time. The result was interesting. Different students started calling out the nonsense at different points, but it wasn't until late in the (relatively short) film that folks realized just how deep Glass' deception ran.
Odds are, if you're this deep into an Amazon.com page to get to this review, you already know the plot. My recommendation: share this movie with a friend, without telling him the plot, and enjoy watching both the film and the viewer.
They say truth is stranger than fiction, but our willingness to believe that undermines our commitment to the truth. This movie proves it. It is brilliant on all fronts and will always be one of my favorites.
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