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From the director of The Bourne Identity comes this riveting thriller inspired by the experiences of real-life CIA officer Valerie Plame (Academy Award® nominee Naomi Watts). When Plame's retired ambassador husband Joe Wilson (played by Academy Award® winner Sean Penn) writes a newspaper article challenging the basis for the U.S. war on Iraq, the White House leaks Plame s undercover status leaving her international contacts vulnerable, her career in shambles and her life in danger. Crackling with sharp dialogue, gripping intrigue and heart-pounding suspense, Fair Game is the adventure that s so unbelievable, it can only be real
The skullduggery surrounding the Valerie Plame affair is already the stuff of an espionage thriller, even if at the time of the making of Fair Game many details of the incident remained murky. Naomi Watts plays Plame, a longtime CIA agent whose classified status was exposed to the world by columnist Robert Novak in 2003. The move was widely seen as retaliation for the fact that Plame's husband, diplomat Joseph Wilson (Sean Penn), had just written an op-ed piece contradicting an assertion in President Bush's State of the Union address--an assertion that was part of the Bush administration's drum-beating enthusiasm for the Iraq War. The movie can't answer all the questions about who wanted Plame exposed, but at the least it could create a convincing piece of Beltway intrigue. Instead, Fair Game steers in the direction of domestic melodrama, as the marriage between Plame and Wilson is severely tested by the unwanted notoriety. It's not that the actors are unable to bring this situation to life; Penn is forceful (and he cleverly suggests the vanity of a longtime cocktail-party maven), while Watts, though quite capable, is somewhat frozen by her character's mixed, ambivalent reactions. The main problem is simply that these relationship scenes tip the balance, as though the Plame-Wilson marriage carried greater weight than allegations of weapons of mass destruction and the ramp-up to the Iraq War. Meanwhile, director Doug Liman tries to whip up some spy-movie "energy" with lots of noise and cutting, all of which feels increasingly hollow as the movie goes along. A calmer, cleaner documentary on the same subject might do a superior job someday. --Robert Horton
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With the exception of Watergate, I can't remember another movie that shows the corruption that abounds within the highest-of-the-high executive offices of our government. This is the story of how a CIA agent was outed and her husband's reputation smeared because he publicly exposed a blatant lie regarding shipment of material to Iraq from Africa. The lie was being used by the Bush Administration to help draw us into a war with Iraq.
If you watch television at all you know the lead characters in this film. Valerie Plame, former CIA agent and her former ambassador husband,Joseph Wilson, played by Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. They played their parts with great skill and insight.
The movie is a thriller and tells the story very well. The V.P. and his aide Mr. Libby,(Scooter) to those who are his friends, are all there. The aftermath of Valerie's outing comes to life and the suspense builds.
Most people who are breathing are aware of this story and no matter your own thoughts on the matter will enjoy this true-to-life drama. You can decide what is fact and what is fiction. However you lean, it is a good movie, well written and well acted. Buy it and enjoy.