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THE BOURNE IDENTITY director Doug Liman teams with screenwriters Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth to streamline Joseph Wilson's and Valerie Plame's books detailing the explosive outing of undercover CIA agent Plame into a tense docudrama thriller starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. At the time her cover was blown by the George W. Bush administration, Plame (Watts) was combing Iraq for evidence of weapons of mass destruction as part of the CIA's Counter-Proliferation Division. Her husband, American diplomat Joe Wilson was attempting to verify a claim that the Iraqis had recently purchased enriched uranium from Niger when the White House began beating the war drums before any solid evidence had been gathered. When Joe penned an editorial in The New York Times decrying the hasty call to war, a prolific Washington, D.C. journalist took the opportunity to reveal Plame's identity as a CIA operative, an act that not only put her career in jeopardy, but also left her various contacts overseas in a precarious position. Years later, a jobless and publicly disgraced Plame wages a vicious fight to clear her name, set the record straight, and keep her family from falling apart.
Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Bruce McGill, Michael Kelly, Mike Kelly, Ty Burrell
"Doug Liman's direction is astute, the acting is first-rate, the script -- by Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth -- is smart and the story is an important one..."
Wall Street Journal
"Strongly written about a potent and still-relevant subject, smartly directed by Doug Liman and forcefully acted by Naomi Watts, Sean Penn and a carefully selected supporting cast..."
Los Angeles Times
"[T]he story is both a fascinating sidebar in the history of George W. Bush years and an emblem of what American politics looked like back then."
New York Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "Naomi Watts delivers an uncanny portrayal of former CIA operative Valerie Plame in FAIR GAME, a crackling political thriller..."
"Liman gives the action the you-are-there immediacy that distinguished his earlier tale of international intrigue, THE BOURNE IDENTITY." -- Grade: A-
"As Plame and Joe Wilson, Watts and Penn get to sink their chops into one of the most cinema-friendly true stories in recent history..."
"Watts and Penn bring ferocity and feeling to their roles, turning a potent political thriller into a stirring, relatable human drama."
"FAIR GAME gets you riled up all over again at a deeply unpatriotic abuse of power." -- Grade: B+
3 stars out of 4 -- "The political machinations work well with Liman's brisk pacing and his handheld, documentary-style camera work....Its strength lies in presenting and exposing an account of political betrayal..."
3 stars out of 5 -- "It's a showcase for the star actors. Watts does well as essentially a realistic version of Evelyn Salt..."
4 stars out of 5 -- "Watts delivers a restrained performance high on quiet seething and vulnerability..."
3 stars out of 5 -- "Intense performances keep this very watchable..."
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