Fair Game

Action-thriller based on the autobiography of real-life undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts), whose career was destroyed and marriage strained to its limits when her covert identity was illegally exposed.

As a convert officer in the CIA's Counter-Proliferation Division, Valerie leads an investigation into the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Valerie's husband, diplomat Joe Wilson (Sean Penn), is drawn into the investigation to substatiate an alleged sale of enriched uranium from Niger. But when the administration ignores his findings and uses the issue to support the call to war, Joe writes a New York Times editorial outlining his conclusions and ignites a firestorm of controversy.

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Action, Thriller, True Story & Biography

104mins

USA

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Call me naïve, but I thought we’d all realised by this point that politicians are dodgy and the war in Iraq was based on reasons that were spurious at best. Judging by the idealist outrage of Fair Game, it would appear not.

The political chest-beating contained within probably carries more emotional weight and social pertinence for American audiences, but there are other problems that will dampen the film’s impact on local viewers. In particular, the way in which it picks up and discards genre influences, for the express purpose of maintaining its righteous anger, hurts the story. The film sets itself up as a political thriller, but abandons this path half way through to turn into a domestic melodrama and moralising political message. Instead of playing like a mix of styles, the thriller section feels like an overly long introduction with little to do with events that follow.

Naomi Watts and Sean Penn have good chemistry (this is their third film together) and the contrast between her self-contained performance and his more animated one makes for an interesting dynamic. Unfortunately, despite the juicy source material, the muddled script doesn’t allow them to milk it for all its worth. Even the handheld camerawork and foreboding soundtrack can’t impart a sense of real urgency. It seems as though everyone’s heart was in the right place but they just can’t translate that into a cohesive, effective piece of work.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

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What's effective is how matter-of-fact Fair Game is. This isn't a lathering, angry attack picture.

Empire (UK)

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In the filmography of liberal-skewing, Bush-era true stories, this is a measured, persuasive item. It's questionable whether there's an appetite for hanging out more of the last decade's dirty laundry to dry in the multiplexes or 'For Your Consideration' awards bids, though.

Hollywood Reporter

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Liman outfits the film with spy-thriller packaging worthy of his "The Bourne Identity," so the film probably will attract above-average coin and possibly awards attention.

New York Times

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Things worked out between Joe and Valerie, and for their real-life models, who are now the subjects of a terrifically entertaining movie. But that does not mean that justice was done, or that truth prevailed.

Otago Daily Times (Christine Powley)

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Telling tales...

Variety (USA)

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Fair Game serves up impeccable politics with a bit too much righteous outrage and not quite enough solid drama.
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A moment in history ... a story worth telling.

Fair Game tells ,through the Valerie Plame tale, how the Bush administration with the help of the media sleepwalk America into the sad joke that was the Iraq "war" (we really should call it invasion). It confirms how rotten politics can be.

Sean Penn is as usual brilliant, and so is Naomi Watts.

Valerie Plame herself praised the film, and that is the best critic the film could ever get.


The honest truth

I liked it, i found it entertaining to watch that american government officials screw their own ppl over. Sean Penn and Noami Watts played their parts well.


VERY DECENT.

Shot brilliantly, some of the most fantastic hand held shooting ive seen. Focus puller is a legend. If you are into the 911 political stuff or even conspiracy theories then this may be the film of the summer for you. Story was decent. Acting was spot on. Can someone please figure out if that's a secret message in the credits?

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS ....

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THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS ....

Sean Penn is so interesting to watch. Every movie of his worth watching. Naomi Watts good job. You could almost forgive her for being beautiful. She did the character justice. The story well......another one of those bush administration serious blunders, these yanks are so good at it. Are there any honest working people in their government. The movie was stoic, not true to form. I was hoping for some hollywood half way through. Like..payback time all we got was some soppy 'they are not taking my marriage' even when it came to the showdown, it was all so predictable and too late anyway. People died, families destroyed. Best scenes Sean doing his nut in the kitchen, I was entertained for 2minutes, otherwise... not recommended. all that covert rubbish was boring..Sean, Naomi forget that genre of movie. HO HUM

Perfectly acceptable political story

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Perfectly acceptable political story

Acting very good, direction and pacing good, script OK, concept not really all that interesting perhaps to most in a New Zealand audience. Perhaps top true to the actual story, more poetic licence may have been required(If the synopsis appeals you won't be disappointed)

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This movie was completely boring. Don't waste your money