Fair Game 2010

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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

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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

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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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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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26 of 31 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 17 Sept. 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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