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Plot: CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration.
Runtime: 108 mins Release Date: 11 Mar 2011
Riveting from start to finish - a must see (by phd_travel)
This is an amazingly well put together movie. The screenplay is totally understandable. One of the best films about the process of going in to the Iraq War and the use of information at the time. I was superficially familiar with Plame's story but did not realize how vital her and her husband's work was in relation to the Iraq war.Naomi Watts does a very good job. She doesn't overact but you can see her vulnerability and passion. She blends into the role so well that unlike Nicole Kidman you don't think of a movie star acting but you focus on the story. Virginia Madsen looks <more>
more like Valerie Plame but unfortunately is now too old. Sean Penn is a bit too unattractive for the role but his acting ability makes up for it.The production is top notch with an authentic on location feel to it.Valerie Plame's story has to be told in this movie form so everyone can learn about what happened to her. It is a great story about the life of a CIA operative and it's toll on family life. It also is a great story about how the most patriotic acts can be so difficult to carry out in the face of unjust opposition. The movie really deserves some big award nominations.
War. Media. Spin. Economics. We must be reminded that the media is a scathing dog, a venomous snarler that can be fighting for you or against you. The witnesses to this battle of info-rage get brainwashed, we get brainwashed, and become the court of public opinion. While the movie does not address the reasons the war was started, it brilliantly displays how official bullshit can be thrown over us like a comforting shroud, and that shroud can stimulate our anger as well as justify our anger. Brilliantly performed by Sean Penn and the beautiful Naomi Watts. I am humbled by their talent and <more>
dedication. I am humored by the desperate IMDb rants of those whom still think the war was a 'good' thing - I say to you ranters, wake up for your own good : Governments lie, don't forget it.
First Oscar-worthy film so far in 2010 (by ligonlaw)
Excellent acting by Sean Penn, as Ambassador Joe Wilson, and Naomi Watts, as Valerie Plame, the CIA agent who ran secret operations in the Middle East to locate Weapons of Mass Destruction. Directed by Doug Limon of the Bourne trilogy, this film is a spy thriller which is based on the unprecedented case of Ms. Plame whose identity was revealed to the world by the White House. When her identity was disclosed in right wing news columns, a dozen clandestine operations were jeopardized, and a number of assets, including Iraqi weapons scientists, were killed. This story is unique, because no White <more>
House in the history of the United States has divulged the identity of our spies for any purpose. The villain at the center of the scandal is Karl Rove, who Joe Wilson wanted "frogged marched down Pennsylvania Avenue," for committing treason and putting our field agents and their assets in jeopardy.The score of this film is excellent and should garner an Oscar nomination. The acting may also be at the winner's circle, and the picture itself will probably nominated as one of 2010's best.If the story were not true, it would probably sound too far-fetched. Criminal conduct by White House officials is not unprecedented. Watergate, Iran-Contra, and the Clinton impeachment are some recent examples of high drama in the Oval Office. Fair Game is unique in that the crimes against the nation were an exercise of pure power against the truth - to cover the trail of lies which led the United States into a long expensive war for reasons which were never disclosed publicly. The State of the Union address which took the nation to war was a lie. The burden of the American and Iraqi dead rest upon these lies. The United States and Iraq are bleeding our young and our treasuries nearly ten years after the lies got us there.The movie is a great story, well-told, and, hopefully, a civics lesson for those who are capable of learning from the past
Those were the words of Valerie Plame's superior right before he fired her. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do. If you cross paths with the most powerful people in the world: you get broken in half. It's that simple. Fair Game is my kind of movie: real characters, real people, real events. This movie confirms everything I already knew or suspected, but this is powerful stuff. If you ever felt overwhelmed or helpless: try these guy's shoes for a week in that awful period between 2003 and 2005.Hollywood is getting out of it's shell after the 2000-2008 period in <more>
which the Hawk's reintroduced a period of McCarthyism. Hollywood became a propaganda machine for Bush: 'Support the troops, don't you love America?' I still see the images of the speech at the Oscars Michael Moore gave: "Shame on you Mr. President". The room booed and cheered at the same time, but the front row with every A-list actor you can think of, sat quiet and didn't move. They said nothing. Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame did not stay quiet. It's hard to comprehend that these events didn't happen 50 years ago. They happened less than 10 years ago. The White House created a smokescreen that very few people could see through. Those who did were outnumbered and slaughtered. Thank God for the educational purposes of cinema.The Green Zone, Body of Lies and such are movies which tried to point out the errors in foreign policies, but Fair Game says it out loud: they wanted a war and the would stop at nothing to get it. Destroy anything or anyone who gets in the way. Most members of that White House got a slap on the wrist and are now giving $100.000 lectures.Doug Liman has made his best movie yet. He has now made my list of accomplished directors. It's topnotch on a technical level and at a dramatic level. Liman leaves out any information the viewer knows or should be able to piece together for themselves. The script got me from start to finish. So did the actors.No, there not much wrong with this movie. That's why it pains me that it bombed at the box-office. These kinda movies should be celebrated for their courage. But no, movies like Inception get all the attention. And nobody cares over hundreds of thousands civilians died because of the Iraq-war.
A powerful film that forces us to relive the outrage (by howard.schumann)
One of the key ingredients in President George W. Bush's campaign to convince the American people of the necessity of invading Iraq and removing Saddam Hussein from power was the sixteen lines in his January 28, 2003 State of the Union address in which he claimed that "the British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa," presumably to build a nuclear bomb. Though the CIA and the State Department told the White House that this was not good intelligence, by repeating this false statement, Bush was able to push <more>
through a vote in Congress to authorize the war in Iraq, warning of "mushroom clouds" over American cities.Directed by Doug Liman The Bourne Identity and based on books written by covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Naomi Watts and her husband, former diplomat Joseph Wilson Sean Penn , Fair Game is a hard hitting political thriller about events leading up to the Iraq War of 2003 that dramatizes the Bush Administration's eagerness to convince Americans that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction that were a threat to our national security. Though partly fictionalized, the film points to many real events and uses the actual names of the participants involved with the exception of the invented exiled Iraqi doctor Liraz Charhi Valerie recruits and her brother Khaled Nabawy , a scientist living in Baghdad.Fair Game survives a confusing opening hour that shows events around the globe from Kuaka Lumpur, to Amman, Jordan, to Cairo, Egypt and Cleveland, Ohio in its effort to establish that Plame, a hardened CIA spy for 18 years, worked in secret on a mission to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Though Plame did work in that capacity, depiction of events that take place abroad in the film's first hour are imagined since Plame's real work in the CIA is classified, though Liman claims that credible scenarios were pieced together from interviews with other sources.Plame hides her secret life by telling friends that she is working as a venture capitalist, and even her husband knows little of her whereabouts and what exactly she is working on. Liman describes the Wilson's home life including their relationship with their two small children and reminds us how difficult it was for both spouses. According to the script by Jez Butterworth and his brother John-Henry, Plame is soon asked to lead a special Task Force to ascertain the legitimacy of reports that Niger has sold 50 tons of "yellowcake" uranium ore to Saddam Hussein. Consequently, her husband, Joe Wilson, a former US diplomat in both Niger and Iraq and knowledgeable about Niger, was dispatched with Valerie's approval to Africa to investigate.Wilson, in reporting back to the CIA on his mission, established to his and the agency's satisfaction that not only were these reports false, but it would have been impossible for Niger to make such a uranium sale. The White House was informed by the CIA of this fact in March 2002, 10 months before the president's speech. In a July 6 opinion piece for the New York Times, Wilson wrote: "Based on my experience with the administration in the months leading up to the war, I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat." He added that, given the administration's rejection of his and the CIA's analysis "because it did not fit certain preconceptions about Iraq, then a legitimate argument can be made that we went to war under false pretenses." Shortly thereafter, Wilson's wife Valerie Plame's identity as a CIA spy was exposed in a column written by Richard Novak, a reporter friendly to the White House. Though the reason behind the exposure is not known with certainty, Wilson claimed that Karl Rove told reporters that outing Plame in the newspaper was "fair game", and the former diplomat calls his wife's exposure an act of political reprisal for the piece critical of the White House. Whatever the motive, it was a violation of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act and led to the appointment of a special prosecutor and the indictment and sentencing of Cheney's Chief of Staff Scooter Libby, a sentence commuted by President Bush.With Valerie's cover blown, she is dismissed by the C.I.A. called a traitor by sycophants in the media, threatened with death by phone calls to her Washington, D.C. home, and rejected by her friends who ask her if she carries a gun and has she ever killed anyone? Plame is reluctant to go public but her husband willingly talks on TV shows to clear their names and bring to light the administration's chicanery. This public display, however, threatens the stability of their marriage as Wilson attempts to convince his wife to speak out but is met with strong resistance.The turning point, according to the film, is Valerie's visit to her parents, especially when her father Sam Shepard , a retired Air Force officer, convinces her that loyalty to one's country can work both ways. Labeled as "inspired by real events" and told from the viewpoint of Plame and Wilson with events in the White House taken from actual court transcripts, Fair Game is a timely reminder of the abuse of governmental power and the lives of innocent people that are caught in the crosswinds. Though the film's second half feels strangely rushed and incomplete, Fair Game is a powerful film that forces us to relive the outrage of those days when government deception was an everyday occurrence.
Since this is a movie based on politicized incidents, I feel that all of us reviewers should offer a disclaimer so as to set the stage appropriately for readers thinking about seeing this movie. Here's mine: I'm an Independent. Some of my friends think I'm conservative big Reagan supporter , some think I'm a liberal voted for Obama . I was against the Iraq war, but am generally conservative when it comes to our great nation's defense. I was 100% FOR invading Afghanistan, but got more and more nervous about how Bush was handling the whole war on terror as time went on. I <more>
was originally disgusted with the Plame case because I "support our troops" and felt that outing her may have endangered her, and possibly others.I do not like movies that are blatantly politicized, left or right. For example, I just watched "Born on the Fourth of July", and rated it low because everything in it was spun with a liberal bias--every event was embellished with a leftward slant facts were not allowed to get in the way .I couldn't wait to see this movie because I wanted more insight as to why the whole affair happened, what the motivations were, and to find out if there was "collateral damage". I also wanted to know more about Plame's position at the CIA I remember reading or hearing one of the reports that had her as "just a secretary" . I also wondered if this would be typical Hollywood-liberal-left-wing hogwash e.g., "Syriana" .I was not disappointed. I felt that for the most part it was a fair portrayal of the events surrounding the affair. It provided a great deal of insight into the personal affects on Plame and Wilson, and gave possible realistic scenarios of the collateral damage I understand and respect that too much is classified for us to be told what really happened . Good insight into the different motivations. I learned a lot about Plame and Wilson, and I want to know more--I may end up buying the books.The movie itself was extremely well done. It's a "thinking-person's" movie--if you want action and/or sex, skip it. But if you want a cinematic experience, check it out. It does a great job of telling an extremely interesting story, and working your emotions. The tension builds throughout, and I couldn't stop wondering "when are they going to break?". Great acting by Watts and Penn--whether or not you agree with their politics and in general, I don't .My only complaint with the movie is some of the cinematography. Why do directors think it's so great to have scenes done with a shaky camera? To make you think it's some dude with a cell phone watching it? To me it's cheap and/or lazy--my wife even complained that it was making her nauseous! I'm sure that millions of dollars have been invested in steadi-cam technology--now they think they don't even need a tripod!!Anyway, I've reread Wilson's and Novak's columns, and some other related items, and I think the movie is true to verifiable facts. I think that the director lets the facts speak for themselves, with little if any left-wing embellishment. Sure, some scenes had to be spruced up, but that is more in line with making a movie than a political statement.I would love to see reviews from conservatives that take exception to the way things are represented in FG. Are there facts that are changed or ignored? what scenes do you think have the liberal embellishments? Don't just rant--that wastes all our time, and makes you look like an idiot this last sentence is advice for liberals, too .
"Fair Game" combines strong performances and compelling drama with a very personal look into the abuse of power in government (by aschein81)
One of the major events that President George W. Bush will undoubtedly be remembered for in history will be his decision to declare war on Iraq in 2003. If we recall back to early 2003 when the administration was laying out its reasons for invading Iraq, the one most marketed to the American public was the idea that Saddam Hussein was in the process of creating chemical or nuclear weapons, which he would then give to terrorists who could then use them to attack American cities. Of course, soon after the war began it was discovered that these weapons either never existed or no longer existed, <more>
and to this day no one in the CIA or federal government has been able to explain how the intelligence community could have gotten it so wrong."Fair Game" places itself right in the middle of these controversial events between 2002 and 2004, and is told through the eyes of CIA Agent Valerie Plame played very convincingly by Naomi Watts and her husband, United Nations Ambassador Joe Wilson played fiercely by the always great Sean Penn . The film's story follows how Plame goes from patriotic CIA agent diligently doing her job overseas to suddenly having her identity made public after her husband uncovered false information about a nuclear development sale between Iraq and Niger. This false information about a uranium sale between these two countries is important because it was implied as factual when Bush was listing information about Iraq during his State of The Union Speech in early 2003.As the film starts, Plame and Wilson appear to be a very loving couple with a very strong marriage - they even have 2 small children who live with them in the D.C. area. Plame is busy traveling covertly to countries in The Middle East to shake her fist at people whom might have ties to terrorists, while Wilson is back at home, often finding himself in heated arguments with friends at the dinner table whom hold a different opinions from his own. Both Plame and Wilson appear to be relatively non-political civilians working peacefully and dutifully for the federal government - until the Bush administration decides that the country should invade Iraq. After Wilson criticizes the administration's faulty information publicly, Plame is then fired from her job, and much of the rest of the film focuses on how the couple's marriage is stressed because of what is transpiring all over the media. People harass them often when they go out, as Wilson makes rounds on the media circuit to try to restore his name. The film has a little bit of a soap-operish feel to it during the 2nd half in that it is mostly focused on the couple's relationship, but the acting performances by Watts and Penn are just so sharp that they make up for some of the film's small flaws when it comes to storytelling. There is also a small subplot involving a family in Iraq connected with Plame's counter-proliferation efforts that should have been either developed more or left out entirely, as that is the weakest part of the film - but fortunately those scenes are relatively few in the entire film.Aside from the acting, another of the film's strengths is how it never gets too preachy towards the Bush administration, but rather focuses on the facts of what unfairly happened to Plame and Wilson from their own points of view. In fact, no actor plays Bush or Cheney in the film - we only see a few clips of the real Bush and Cheneys giving speeches on TV screens for a matter of seconds. Scooter Libby portrayed a bit villainously by David Andrews is seen in a few short scenes as a swindler who tries to convince CIA employees into manipulating the intelligence the way he sees it, but his characterization is very subtle, rather than as an in your face bad guy. Doug Liman's direction is also fairly fast-paced to make sure the film never gets too bogged down in pointless scenes. Even though it is very talky and dialogue-driven, the narrative keeps moving forward at a crisp pace - at least if audience members are adults without ADD and I think it's pretty fair to say that this movie isn't marketed for the Transformers or Twilight crowd... The film generally works very well both as an entertaining drama, spy thriller, and an educational lesson. Moreover, it's an intelligent reminder to the public of how people in positions in power in government will often stop at nothing to achieve their desired goals, even if that means illegally abusing their power through misinformation, manipulation, and character assassination. As citizens we should constantly be questioning our leaders and their motives, as well as keeping them honest and holding them accountable whenever they they violate our trust.On a final note, I have to say that I find it very refreshing to see a film like this that has a woman in a very intelligent leading role, rather than how Hollywood films usually stereotype females in formulaic romantic comedies. It seems like women in major roles usually have their sappy characters obsessing about trying to find a man and buying shoes, with some slapstick and comedy at the dinner table with their parents thrown in as well a.k.a. chick flicks . It's either that or the female characters get almost zero screen time, where they are relegated to simply being the cute girlfriend sidekick. It's nice to see movies like this allow womens' dramatic acting talents to shine and allow us to see them as complex, real characters.
Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it... (by dennispublic)
First of all: I'm not an American, so I have no interest in any of the left wing vs right wing political immaturity that goes on there. And since I'm being honest: if this film was a work of fiction - it wouldn't have been that great, maybe a 6/10 IMDb rating.What makes this film absolutely mind blowing is that this stuff actually happened. Wow! You can argue the little details if you wish, but the bulk of this is public record and you're not kidding anyone. This gets an 8/10 on IMDb from me because it's non-fiction and it's a very very important story.The war in Iraq <more>
was a crime and the guilty should be required to watch this movie, a few times. How many thousands of lives could have been saved? Feel shame and learn from your mistakes. Get mad! Don't ever be fooled like this again!!!Frankly this movie should be shown in schools for the next 100 years - it should be considered required viewing in History classes. I think it's important that this little piece of the past is not swept under the rug anytime soon. I praise the makers of this film, I praise Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it - so cherish this 108 minute reminder of America's greatest mistake.
Fair Game follows in the tradition of All The President's Men as presenting a probing look into an important political issue in the form of a crackling thriller. Director Doug Liman uses his Bourne Identity/Mr & Mrs Smith skills to move the true story of exposure of Valerie Plame Naomi Watts , the wife of US senator Joe Wilson Sean Penn , as a CIA undercover agent by the Bush Administration at breakneck speed. Plame's research based on her contacts in Iraq had put serious doubts on the existence of WMD in Iraq, which was not in line with White House's view point. They thus <more>
considered her "fair game" for discrediting and public exposure. Fair Game is fascinating for all those interested in the mechanism of power and use/abuse of it; and is also a riveting piece of film making. In my view it's Liman's best film to date.