After her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson (Sean Penn), writes op-ed columns accusing the Bush administration of misleading the public to justify invading Iraq, Valerie Plame Wilson’s (Naomi Watts) status as a covert CIA agent is leaked by administration officials. Based on events described in Plame Wilson’s memoir, this drama explores the political scandal that led to the conviction of Lewis “Scooter” Libby.
Rating: 7 out of 10
“Fair Game” is about Valerie Plame (the undercover CIA Agent who got outed by people working for then-Vice President Dick Cheney). Even the poster shows Naomi Watts, as Plame, upfront. And in the background is Sean Penn, who plays her husband Joe Wilson. But Penn steals the movie. He steals every movie, doesn’t he? He might be the best actor working today.
This movie is great. International intrigue. Government cover ups. Great acting. Amazing script. And it’s all true. Well, you know… It’s based on actual events, but who knows how much is actually true.
Sometimes stories like this get completely confusing. But this wasn’t at all. Maybe because it was in the papers and I knew most of the story already or maybe it was just done well. Either way it works.
Side note: the actors they got to play Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, and the rest of the Bush crew were spot on.