Hayden Christenson plays Glass, a precociously talented young man who joins a staff of committed young associate editors at The New Republic under editor, the late Michael Kelly, Hank Azaria. Glass is alternatively arrogant - journalism is the art of capturing behaviour, he states - and needy, flatteringly attentive to female staff like colleagues Caitlin Avey, Chloe Sevigny and Amy Brand, Melanie Lynskey. He entrances his colleagues at editorial meetings with his ideas and slyly encourages thoughts that he's being sought by other publications. When Kelly is replaced as editor by Chuck Lane, Peter Sarsgaard, there is almost an office revolt. Kelly had been an inspiring mentor to most of them, including Lane. Lane is a guarded man, unimpressed by Glass, but then it seems as if he's actively out to get him when he suspects inaccuracy in one of his pieces. Shattered Glass is a fascinating film in many ways, it blends slightly surreal elements - Christensen's performance being one of them - with some of the important issues of our time, like integrity in journalism. First time filmmaker Billy Ray, known mainly for his writing credits until this, is obviously concerned with the ethical dilemmas of contemporary life and has written a film that is intelligent and non-sensational as it grapples with the telling of this true story, aided by both Kelly before he died in Iraq and Lane. Performances are generally superb, with Christensen only slightly unsettling. The frame story of Glass' return to his high school is the other surreal element and doesn't add much to the film. But this is a fine debut effort from Ray.Comments by David StrattonA small-scale, intelligent film which never quite gets inside the character of Stephen Glass, the New Republic journalist who faked his stories. At least Hayden Christensen shows he can act, which George Lucas didn't allow him to do, and there are strong performances from Peter Sarsgaard, Chloe Sevigny and Melanie Lynskey, though the latter two have frustratingly marginal parts to play.