Fair Game 2010

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(55) IMDb 6.8/10

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

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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

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 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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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. D. Compton on 18 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
I am not a fan of fims with a political bias but Doug Liman has produced a film of rare quality for this genre of film. The only reason i watched this film on DSTV in South Africa was because of the main actors namely Sean Penn and Naomi Watts.

Based on a true story in the days leading up to the invasion of Iraq, this film tells the story of a female CIA agent, who because her husband dares to expose to the media that the weapons of mass destruction by Saddam Hussein is probably a myth, is castigated by the agents of the US Government and thrown out of the CIA after 13 years of dedicated service and her name leaked to the media. It confirms my belief that politics is a very dirty business as we experience in South Africa.

Naomi Watts as the female CIA agent is quite outstanding and in my humble opinion her performance was an 'Oscar winning one', not that she was a nominee for this role. Sean Penn as her husband gives another excellent performance, while the rest of the cast ably supports the lead roles. Unlike other reviewers, i found the film totally gripping and the whole production very well executed. I actually learnt quite a lot about this digraceful period in US politics, that may be responsible for much of the problems currently being experienced in the world. I am not 'anti american' as their current weakness is also not good for the world.

Even if you are not interested in this genre of film, you should try and see it as it is an excellent piece of cinema and the acting of Naomi Watts in particular and Sean Penn make it a very worth while experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BrownPolar on 1 Mar. 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This heartbreaking political thriller, that adapts the book written by Valerie Plame Wilson herself [‘Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House’ | 2007], chronicles the abhorrent, treachery and deceit by the monkey who used to be at the white house, by his cronies and by his faithful poodle, Tony Blair, that lead a number of nations to the futile war on the hapless people of Iraq, and that destroyed the lives of millions of people, not to mention the mammoth, economic burden of it all.

Apart from that, the Whitehouse engineered, witch hunt which ensued decimated the professional and social life of two long serving patriots, the former diplomat Joseph C. Wilson and his wife Valerie Palme, a former CIA head of covert operations. Including the millions who demonstrated against the war, a majority of ordinary people the world over lost their faith in our political institutions as a result of this villainy. I couldn’t watch this film without my blood boiling to a level that was medically inadvisable, but I sat through it by sheer determination as to empathise with the two poor souls who, despite being forced into the gutter and reaching the breaking point of their loving marriage, stood steadfast to fight the tyranny of a select few.

The highly creative director, Doug Liman himself captures the movie in handheld takes through the first half and employs more even takes in the last half, thereby accentuating and differentiating between the thriller aspect from the painful drama that ensues. John Powell, the longstanding collaborator of Liman, composes a more reticent score as compared to his energetic, action movie soundtracks, which resonates well with the narrative of this movie.
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