Directed by Billy Ray
Starring Hayden Christensen, Peter Sarsgaard, Chloe Sevigny
Running Time: 99 minutes
An honest film about journalistic integrity is about the
last thing one would expect from Hollywood these days, especially
considering the exploitative nature of todays media, but
that is exactly what was delivered with Shattered Glass.
What we are left with is a stunning portrayal of an often
Stephen Glass, played by Hayden Christensen, is a young,
likeable and successful journalist, working for the New
Republic Magazine, while also penning freelance articles
for numerous other publications. The articles are odd, obscure,
and they all tend to poke fun at sensational pop culture.
On the surface, his works seems insightful and always entertaining.
Eventually one of his stories is investigated by an online
publication, and they find it to be a complete fabrication.
The confrontation and backpedaling then begins, which makes
for excellent human drama.
Peter Sarsgaard plays the New Republic Editor, Chuck Lane.
He absolutely steals the film with his performance. What
is so amazing about Sarsgaard in this role is that he plays
a very anti-Hollywood type of role -- a low-key, quiet and
pensive character. You don't see many accomplished actors
tackle these sorts of roles, because they can too often
go unnoticed. His performance also emphasizes the conflict
with Christensen, and makes the film much stronger. He really
shines when he does escape character and raises his voice.
You can just feel his raw emotion and frustration. Sarsgaard
is amazing, and gives by far the strongest performance of
The flow of the story and the screenwriting are exceptionally
well-done. The film reminded me of strong dialog-driven
films like Glengarry Glen Ross. There isn't a whole lot
of action to push the story along, and all the conflict
is produced by the actors interacting with each other, usually
Sarsgaard and Christensen. This film just flat out worked.