Fair Game 2010

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(44) IMDb 6.8/10
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Based on a true story, Valerie Plame's status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband Joseph Wilson after he wrote an article saying the government had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Starring:
Naomi Watts, Sean Penn
Runtime:
1 hour 43 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

Fair Game

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Doug Liman
Starring Naomi Watts, Sean Penn
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gary on 14 Aug 2011
Format: DVD
I found this film to be very watchable as I quite like political thrillers. I have no idea how accurate the story is but it made for 2 hours of entertainment. Sean Penn is engaging as ever even though his character isn't always likeable. Naomi Watts is also very convincing. The strength of the film lies in watching their lives ripped apart by the accusations aimed at them. You can genuinely feel their frustration as they become victims of a government propaganda machine. If you don't like politics or you disagree with what the film is trying to say then this is best avoided. If you believe it or you just like political thrillers then it's definitely worth watching.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 19 Mar 2011
Format: DVD
"Fair Game" is not what you would call an exciting film, nor a nail biting thriller, however it is a worthy film that exposes the lies behind the second Gulf War against Iraq in the early "Noughties". The film is based on a true story where an important female CIA agent was exposed by White House officials after her ex diplomat husband wrote a newspaper article accusing the US government of lying about Iraq's nuclear weapons programme in order to justify the war against Saddam Hussein. The always excellent Naomi Watts (from the never to be forgotten "Mulholland Drive" ) plays the CIA agent while Sean Penn plays her husband. The film goes behind the scenes of CIA operations in the Middle East and reveals that there was no nuclear programme in Iraq and that the US and UK governments were aware of that , but told lies to the public nonetheless, something which I found to be unacceptable. In the US we had the Valerie Plame affair , while in the UK we saw the murder of David Kelly and "sexed up" dossiers to justify an unjustifiable war. Of course the public still mostly labour under the illusion that world leaders are somehow good and trustworthy and wouldn't engage in a sinister conspiracy against their own subjects.Better to adopt the maxim "If they're at the top, they're bad" instead in my opinion. As I said , "Fair Game" is not an exciting, action packed thriller; it is more like a documentary at times and it is a bit of a throwback to some 1970's political thrillers I can remember which had anti establishment themes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Antony Byron on 28 Feb 2012
Format: Blu-ray
very good dvd great story line that holds you to the end a film that i would watch over again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
The real victim in this whole thing was Valerie Wilson who emerges as the sole class act in this whole affair. Okay so she co-wrote the book they based the movie upon.

he problem was not what Joe Wilson did, but his timing and lack of consultation with his wife. From the movie, he blind sided her with the article as well. He did not have the consideration or forethought to talk to her first, instead going off half-cocked seeking some sort of revenge. They Lied! Yeah, so what. If you are going to out them, wait until things die down and spring it in October right before the election. Wilson, while being patriotic was also portrayed as self-serving his ego. Albeit, he did not think Rove would out his wife, but he should have thought that far ahead. He needed to stop and think about his actions, which didn't save anyone and along with Rove's retaliation got people killed.

In spite of Joe Wilson's fight against the WH, Valerie remained true to her CIA rules of silence. She endures threats to her family and media smears. Joe goes on TV against his wife's wishes and she leaves home to stay with her parents. The real drama of the movie is not the Wilson vs. White House, but Wilson vs. Wilson and how Valerie goes from having having no support for Joe Wilson's war (against the White House) and sleeping in separate bedrooms to becoming his ally.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Ryan on 28 Jan 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this film, well worth watching the acting was good and the story line was intriguing although the ending was predictable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BPR on 24 Dec 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Doug Liman is a director whose work I enjoy and so his involvement was the main basis for me viewing this movie based upon the true story of ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame who is uncovered in the press by a White House source to discredit an article by her husband Joe Wilson. Although this movie has come out some years after the fact, what uncovers is a truly fascinating story, focusing as much on the political events as it does between the relationship between Valerie and Joe as events unfold. Of course, the movie is really only one side of the story, but that shouldn't take away from it's importance. As with most of Liman's work, the film is well edited and paced, and Naomi Watts and Sean Penn are great in the leads. The only downfall for me was the subplot with the Iraqi doctor which ended rather abruptly without any real closure apart from a final meeting between his sister and Valerie. The disc comes with a commentary by Valerie Plane and Joe Wilson, which is also worth a listen (and has been the first I have listened to in full for some time). Recommended. 4/5
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. G. Strachan VINE VOICE on 6 Aug 2011
Format: DVD
The Bourne-esque marketing for "Fair Game" doesn't do it any favours...this is a thought provoking movie that anyone with an interest in why we went into Iraq should see. I must confess I only half-remembered the controversy over the "yellow cake" intelligence and this movie helps explain why...giving a remarkable insight into the machinations of the White House machine and it's attempts to draw the focus away from the charge that they abused the intelligence for their own ends. Maybe I'm making it sound rather worthy but the human drama at the core is hugely compelling and Sean Penn gives a performance up there with his best. Oh...and Doug Liman manages to redeem himself after the dog's breakfast that was Mr and Mrs.Smith (so that's really saying something).
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