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Fair Game 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars (65) 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, Sonya Davison
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Doug Liman
Starring Naomi Watts, Sonya Davison
Supporting actors Vanessa Chong, Anand Tiwari, Stephanie Chai, Sean Penn, Ty Burrell, Jessica Hecht, Norbert Leo Butz, Rebecca Rigg, Brooke Smith, Tom McCarthy, Ashley Gerasimovich, Quinn Broggy, Nicholas Sadler, Michael Kelly, Noah Emmerich, Iris Bahr, Ghazil, Kristoffer Ryan Winters
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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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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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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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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This is a true story. I remember when this incident happened and how shocked I was . The movie is excellent and will keep you on the edge of your seat. this movie should be shown in schools especially in this age of whistle blowers.
I'm glad I have it on DVD; as soon as I finished watching it, I looked at the extras to see what they had. I thought I'd turn it on to have a look. What I got was the whole movie again with comments from the 'real people' of the story. I just couldn't stop watching. A very powerful and excellent movie.
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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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'Fair Game' is a biographical drama movie that released in 2010 to positive reviews and broke even at the box-office. It is based on Valerie Plame's (Former US CIA Agent) memoir, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.

The film centres around the events surrounding a CIA agent Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) who discovers that her identity is leaked to the media for political purposes. Her husband, Joseph C. Wilson (Sean Penn) then attempts to uncover the political cover-up as America begins to take action against Iraq who are allegedly in possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

The feature is an interesting watch because it's based on true events. Also the political/weapons of mass destruction angle is thought provoking. Then there are great performances from Sean Penn and Naomi Watts who save the film from mediocracy. Watts shines in the lead role but it's Penn who rises above everyone with a solid portrayal of a stubborn man with principles.

The movie was promoted as a political thriller which I was expecting, however turned out to be more of a slow-burning biographical drama. It was a bit disappointing. On watching the feature it's evident that the makers were unable to decide what route to take, thriller or a biopic drama.

The direction by Doug Liman is very good when you look at the acting of Penn and Watts. The overall movie is okay, he could've trimmed the duration of the film and worked on pivotal gripping moments of which were scarce.

Fans of Penn, Watts and political themed films, give it a try.

'Fair Game' for me is just Fair.
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