Summary: It’s a sad comment on today’s movie-going industry that this film wasn’t a box-office success. As time goes by, its armor-piercing honesty should gain influence and an audience. We can only hope.
Excerpt: The saga depicted in Fair Game could not be more complex with its issues of foreign politics, international war, and American political games. Those who followed this wide ranging, seemingly never ending saga of exposed CIA agent Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) should connect the dots. Anyone outside of that circle… well, they have some work to do.
Excerpt: A fascinating glimpse into the dark corridors of political power, "Fair Game" is a riveting drama inspired by the experiences of real-life undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame, whose career is destroyed and her marriage strained to its limits when her covert status is exposed by a White House press leak. As a cover officer in the CIA's Counter-Proliferation Division, Valerie leads an investigation into the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Conclusion: Doug Liman did a good job on this movie but I still feel like it’s missing something. The performances are extremely good and I appreciated the efforts to make the movie as authentic as possible. Summit Entertainment did a great job with the audio/visual aspects of this release but the lack of special features is disappointing and brought down the final score. Nevertheless, I recommend the movie and hope you enjoy it!
Conclusion: 'Fair Game' breezes through many of the meaty facts surrounding the case of Valerie Plame, but it's able to create a tension-filled thriller of sorts out of a story that isn't all that "thrilling." One thing to admire about the movie is that it never feels like it's preaching from a soap box. The audio and video are nicely done, and even though there's only one extra, it's a great, original commentary.
Conclusion: Fair Game delivers an engaging recounting of the Valerie Plame/Joe Wilson saga that electrified headlines around the world only a few short years ago. The picture could use a little more fleshing out, but Doug Liman does a fair job of balancing the need to give play to all of the critical elements while keeping up the pace and runtime necessary to make the movie work.
Excerpt: Fair Game is a return to an earlier time we would like to pretend is much, much further in the past-- the dark days of Bush administration, as we were starting to understand the consequences of a war that had been trumped up on intelligence slowly revealed as misunderstood if not entirely fabricated.
Excerpt: Ostensibly the story of Valerie Plame, the CIA operative who wrote Fair Game: How A Top CIA Agent Was Betrayed By Her Own Government , Doug Liman’s fact-based drama Fair Game really belongs to Sean Penn, who adds Plame’s husband, Joseph Wilson, to his gallery of unforgettable characters. Penn plays the floppy-haired veteran diplomat as a man whose strengths are inextricably connected to his faults.