Film Screening 2nd March, 2011

Poster for Fair Game

Fair Game 

8:00 PM, 2nd March, 2011

  • M
  • 107 mins
  • 2010
  • Doug Liman
  • Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
  • Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty Burrell, Bruce McGill

Liman, director of The Bourne Identity, trades the fictional shenanigans of Jason Bourne and turns his attention to Fair Game, based on the true story of the exposure of Valerie Plame (Watts), a former CIA operative, during the contentious years of the Bush Administration.

The film marks the third collaboration between Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, having starred in 27 Grams and The Assassination of Richard Nixon and both deliver knock-out performances.

Fair Game charts the repercussions stemming from Plame's husband Joe Wilson's (Penn) 2003 op-ed piece for the New York Times, condemning the Bush Administration's decision to invade Iraq, claiming that the Administration manipulated intelligence concerning 'weapons of mass destruction' and thus falsified its justification for the invasion. Soon after the publication of the piece, a conservative newspaper columnist exposed Valerie Plame Wilson as a CIA operative.

One thing is for certain, this film is certain to make your blood boil: whether it's Karl Rove's insidious comment "Valerie Plame is fair game" or the CIA's lack of protection for informants, Fair Game packs an emotional punch, as Plame's private life becomes irreversibly public. With an ending that echoes the unforgettable 1976 film, All the President's Men, this is a film with subject matter guaranteed to generate its fair share of dialogue and frustration. If you're in the mood for a first-rate contemporary political thriller where the 'truth will out', Fair Game is simply not to be missed.

Majella Carmody