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on 25 May 2011
'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.