1 hour, 48 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for some language.
Additional DVD Features: Audio commentary with Valerie Plame-Wilson & Joe Wilson.
Naomi Watts ...
Sean Penn ...
Ty Burrell ...
Jessica Hecht ...
Norbert Leo Butz ...
Rebecca Rigg ...
Anand Tiwari ...
Brooke Smith ...
| Based on the true story of Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) who is working as a covert CIA
operative in 2001. Her husband, Joseph Wilson (Sean Penn), is a former
ambassador. After reports of a huge sale of yellow cake uranium, the CIA decides to send Wilson to Niger to investigate. Wilson determines that no
such sale took place. But months later, the White House reports the
opposite and uses the information to justify going to war in Iraq.
Wilson responds by writing an op-ed piece in the New York Times.
Unfortunately, in a subsequent news story, Plame's identity comes out thereby destroying her career. The timing couldn't be worse, since Plame was
in the middle of trying to rescue a family from Iraq before it became too
late. And now she and her family are receiving death threats.
In Fair Game, director Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity") sticks fairly close to the real-life
facts, and makes it dynamic and suspenseful as any fictional thriller. Best of all, he manages to add a welcome, moving human level to the actual drama taking place.
It's heartbreaking to see Naomi Watts, as she helplessly watches while TV
pundits cast judgment on her actions, and the strain on the couple's marriage
is palpable. For a while both Plame and Wilson were more or less branded as traitors, but here we see them as two good people who tried to do their
best in a terrible situation that plays out in the newspapers and on television.
It helps that there are two incredible actors in the lead roles. Naomi
Watts gets one of the best roles of her career and she
bears a striking resemblance to Valerie Plame. She imbues Plame with enough heart to make you really care about her and manages to strike a balance between playing a
caring wife and mother as shown in the scenes at home, and a no-nonsense
CIA agent. And Sean Penn, while totally cast to type
here is totally effective as Joe Wilson. He beautifully portrays the anxiety of
someone whose spouse is away on life and death missions. And there also a supporting cast of top-notch character actors, including
Sam Sheppard as Plame’s father, and Bruce McGill and Ty Burrell as Plame's CIA bosses.