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Fair Game 2010

Amazon Instant Video

(57) 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 The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER 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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By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 July 2013
Format: DVD
Based on real-life events, this movie gives an account of the impact on the personal lives of those involved of the WMD episode in the Bush administration. President Bush Jr. was so obsessed with invading Iraq to finish the war that his father had started that he fabricated the story that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. CIA operative Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) is sent to Iraq under cover to find out the truth. She persuades several of the Iraqi physicists involved in the program to defect to America. She makes it clear back home however that there are no WMD. Her partner, Joe Wilson (Sean Penn), writes a newspaper article about the fiasco but in return the administration discloses Valerie's identity and the nature of her mission. The Iraqi physicists are abandoned to their fate in Iraq and they are rounded up and executed. The chief `hawk' in the administration is Scooter Libby (David Andrews) who subsequently stands trial for his part in the fabrication, and is sentenced, but has his sentence revoked by the president. The movie is an exciting dramatization of events, directed by Doug Liman. This deplorable story has been told in print by those concerned: `Fair Game' by Valerie Plame Wilson and `the Politics of Truth' by Joe Wilson.
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