Fair Game: Blu Ray Review
Released by Sony Home Entertainment
Naomi Watts and Sean Penn reteam for a third time in
this movie based on a true story.
Watts stars as
CIA agent Valerie Plame, who works at the highest level within the government.
The film begins in the aftermath of September the 11th, with the CIA trying to
substantiate claims over who's behind the terror attacks and get the evidence
needed to support the US government's stance on a war with Iraq
But when Plame's husband, Joe Wilson (a fiery and
defiant Sean Penn) writes an opinion piece in the New York Times in 2003 that
the intelligence was manipulated to fit the White House, Plame's cover is blown.
She's revealed to the world as a CIA agent,
endangering operations she has in play and lives she has promised to protect.
Not only does it endanger everything she's worked
for, but the personal cost on the duo and their young family is crippling.
Fair Game is intelligent film-making, blessed with
strong central performances.
While it takes a
while to get going, the clever use of archival news footage from that time
within the film sees a taut political drama start to unfold. The shaky camera
work adds a grittiness (and at times, it must be said, a distraction) but it's
really Watts and Penn who shine here. Penn, in particular, gets to vent his
spleen well in the character who rages against the injustice - but a more quiet
and restrained Watts brings the emotional intensity needed to balance that.
The initial humour ends very quickly as the story
changes (on returning from a fact-finding mission to Niger, Wilson's character
says he "doesn't feel very 007 right now") and soon, the drama has taken the
Engrossing and with an ending that
certainly packs a powerful emotional punch, Fair Game is an interesting and
gripping look into the old David and Goliath argument
Extras: Commentary from Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson give this a
level of credence it deserves