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Shattered Glass Review

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by AVForums Sep 1, 2004

    Shattered Glass Review
    Shattered Glass is the true-life story of Stephen Glass, the youngest reporter at the New Republic magazine. The movie is a fascinating drama that follows Glass as he finds himself under fire for an article he has written about computer hackers... that may not be entirely truthful. Hayden Christensen, who many will know as Anakin Skywalker from Attack of the Clones, puts in a great performance as Glass, the young reporter struggling to come up with something good to impress his fellow journalists. He has interesting character traits, is intelligent, and plays his part to a tee. Unfortunately, his hacker piece is being questioned by small time online journalist, Adam Penenberg (the usually hilarious but here quite serious Steve Zahn), and Penenberg has contacted The Republic with his accusations. Charles “Chuck” Lane (Peter Sarsgaard), is editor of The Republic and one of the best characters in the movie. Sarsgaard puts in an Oscarworthy performance as “Chuck” as he finds himself standing by his young prodigy.Shattered Glass is an absolute treat of a movie. The pace begins well and slowly builds throughout picking up gear again and again. It starts all innocent and sweet with Glass giving a talk to his old school, but then film goes into flashback with him being the popular kid in the office, dealing with “Rolling Stone”, “Harper's Row” and “George” publications. Then the movie picks up a gear as the existing editor (Hank Azaria), friend to all the journalists, is fired for giving some verbal to the owner. The accusations fly and the pace is notched up once more and this goes on with the movie becoming more intriguing with every step, until we reach the grand finale - and the end of a fantastic journey. Direction is excellent; the performances Billie Ray gets from even the most minor of parts are outstanding and fundamental to the success of the movie. Plus, the story itself is a real gem.