Fair Game [DVD]
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No, I don't mean the Congressman from South Carolina who shouted out a spontaneous "You Lie!" at President Barack Obama during the State of the Union address. I'm referring to Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson who wrote a New York Times editorial entitled "What I Didn't Find In Africa" contradicting President George W. Bush regarding the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
"Fair Game" relates to the latter Joe Wilson (played by Sean Penn), who served as a diplomat in Africa during the 1990's and was asked to visit Niger prior to the Iraqi war to determine if there was yellowcake uranium there. Ambassador Wilson did not find the uranium on his visit and when the President referred to the uranium being there, he wrote a contradiction.
As a result of that contradiction, Wilson's wife CIA agent Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) was determined to be 'fair game' by the Bush Administration. Her cover was blown and the operations she engaged in were all scrapped, including getting Iraqi nuclear scientists who had been involved in Iraq's nuclear program before it was destroyed during a previous US invasion and their families free from their war-torn country.
The film's a tightly paced combination spy thriller and domestic drama. On one hand, you see the front page news of "Plamegate". Valerie's discredited and her career is dismantled. She goes from being a well-traveled agent with highly critical projects to 'a secretary' or a 'low level flunky' depending on what you read.
On the other, you see the Wilson homelife unraveling. The idealistic Joe is counterpointed strongly by his realistic wife as the country turns against them both.Read more ›
There's one large and tragic difference between that story and the one told in "Fair Game". Watergate forced Richard Nixon to resign his office in disgrace. The treasonous activities perpetrated by Bush, Cheney, and their cronies have had all but no repercussions.
Bush now makes thousands speaking at company functions. Cheney is about to release a book justifying his misdeeds. And Bush commuted the sentence of the one guy who took a fall for the "Plamegate" scandal, Cheney's operative Scooter Libby.
Make no mistake. The story told in "Fair Game" captures one of the darkest hours in American history. The leaders of our nation launched a war of aggression on another country, attempting to justify their actions based on the flimsiest web of false information.
When one courageous citizen, former ambassador Joe Wilson, spoke out about the campaign of deceit waged by the White House, the White House exposed his wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA operative, and attempted to discredit the couple in a wave of lies and vitriol that lasted four long years.
Any American, either on the right or left, who cares about "truth, justice, and the American way" should be outraged and disgusted by what went on here. This movie does a valuable service in dramatizing and focusing a complicated story obscured in real life by the fog of disinformation into a taut hour-and-forty-five minute drama.
This DVD also brings more to the story than the original theatrical release, because the disc includes illuminating commentary by Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame.Read more ›
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Excellent portrayal of this true affair. Performances are great. Well worth the price of admission.Published 5 days ago by Cheryl Thompson
It was a great depiction of how politicals work in American. I will be reading Joesph Wilson's book as well.Published 7 days ago by Divya Patel
The movie itself was good. Unfortunately toward the end of the movie the sound track went dead. Needless to say I was not able to see the entire movie.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Complete junk and waste of time. It is Boring. It is Uninteresting. Starts out cool but after 5 minutes totally loses it.Published 24 days ago by Sheila Yates
Very interesting to see this take on the story. Fits with much of what we have learned with the way the country was convinced to go to war in Irag.Published 1 month ago by Carl
Only her husband, Joe Wilson, and her parents knew the true identity of Valerie's alias. To begin, the office of the Vice President received a report concerning a memorandum of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Donald H.
Time has a way of changing how things are viewed. This movie would have been good if portrayed as a documentary but it was promoted as an action film and falls way short. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TheWaldo