Fair Game

PhotobucketPolitical thriller about the investigation for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq following the 9/11 attacks. Naomi Watts is sharply charismatic as undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame. As her husband, American diplomat Joseph Wilson, Sean Penn almost appears to be playing himself, a self righteous crusader, that will fight for what he believes is right, regardless of the consequences. Plame’s Fair Game and Wilson’s The Politics of Truth are effectively condensed into a single coherent account of Washington’s public deception in justifying the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. Film presents the events that followed 9/11 with a liberal condemnation of the actions of the Bush administration and fashions them into a story that is just as much about scandals and cover-ups as about the effects stress can have on a marriage. Not quite the tour de force of 70s political thrillers like All the President‘s Men, but skillful and entertaining nonetheless.

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2 Responses to “Fair Game”

  1. Looks nice, and I trust Naomi Watts’s and Sean Penn’s talent, but that tagline is so off-putting! “Wife. Mother. Spy.” Sounds and looks completly ridiculous. But, reading your review, I can see it’s a good film. So weird, hadn’t heard ANYTHING at all about this film until you reviewed it.

  2. I had no idea this was based on a true story. I thought it was fiction. I thought the acting was very good. When I realized the movie was fact, I enjoyed it more. Too bad it wasn’t a bigger hit. It’s worth the viewing.

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