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October 31, 2010

FAIR GAME

COLESMITHEY.COMThe Bush Administration's outrageously vengeful act of outing veteran undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame gets a vigorous telling under Doug Liman's top-notch direction.

The soul of the story hinges on the vulnerable relationship between Valerie and husband Joe Wilson, a former U.S. Foreign Service diplomat. Wilson's 2003 New York Times op-ed piece, refuting White House claims about Iraq's attempts to purchase yellow cake uranium from Niger as a way to "exaggerate the Iraqi threat," comes at a heavy price.

Terrifyingly relevant': why Doug Liman had to recut Fair Game | Film | The  Guardian

In the blinking of an eye his wife goes from having a top-secret identity to posing a direct threat against the lives of her trusted international contacts. As Valerie Plame, Naomi Watts inhabits the woman with a tough-minded intelligence that transcends an organic truth of Valerie Plame's essential qualities.

Doug Liman and Valerie Plame on the 'Fair Game' Reedit - The Atlantic

Watts and Sean Penn (as Wilson) worked together in "21 Grams." Their timing and choices here couldn't be more precise. Penn's trademark tenacity strikes a dominant chord that harmonizes against Watts's measured intensity. "Fair Game" is a tricky movie because it's not an espionage thriller, although those are its apparent trappings. It's a story about two very brave and smart people whose life was all but destroyed by design at the hands of Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby, and a certain George W. Bush.

Valerie Plame | Premium Hollywood

Rated PG-13. 108 mins.

4 Stars

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