Release Date: November 03, 1995
Starring: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty
Burrell, Sam Shepard, Bruce
McGill, Brooke Smith, Noah
Genre: Historical Drama
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 106 minutes
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
Director: Doug Liman
Executive Producer: Bill Pohlad, Janet Zucker,
Producer: Akiva Goldsman, Jez
Butterworth, Doug Liman
Writer: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry
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As readers may recall, Wilson struck back through the media, exposing what he claims were the government’s lies, but then found out that “they” retaliated against his wife, a CIA analyst, who was considered “fair game” – with her identity exposed and, allegedly, her life endangered. Wilson will not stop in his quest for his view of truth and justice. He leads his wife to stand up for herself as well.
The movie tries to portray Wilson’s quest as leading to one of the most shameful revelations of the Bush administration and the couple’s eventual vindication, but it ignores the fact that even many Democrats, including Bill Clinton, supported the Bush Administration’s claims about Saddam seeking yellowcake nuclear materials and WMDs during the debate leading up to the Iraq War. Ultimately, the movie offers compelling drama but discerning moviegoers will want to take heed that, as a film starring noted Hollywood ultra-liberal bomb-thrower Sean Penn, it very likely is twisting many of the facts to serve a liberal, politically correct agenda.
That said, FAIR GAME is powered by terrific performances by Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, both of whom could easily end up with Oscar nominations, In fact, Watts serves up what may be one of the best female performances of the year so far.
The complexities of the alleged scandals leading up to the Iraq war decision and the heavy political aspect make FAIR GAME a movie for serious-minded viewers. However, the movie loses a star in its quality rating because it takes the couple’s side so strongly and completely that it winds up making the viewer wonder what really happened amid the highly contentious pre-war decision process – a process that was not, according to other evidence, nearly as cut and dry as FAIR GAME makes it out to be. For instance, apparently Saddam Hussein did indeed try to get yellowcake uranium from Nigeria, just as President Bush said in one of his most important speeches. For some of the other information appearing to contradict much of the Wilsons’ story in this movie, please see “When, Why Joe Wilson Outed Valerie Plame” on the Sweetness & Light website at http://sweetness-light.com/archive/when-and-why-joseph-c-wilson-iv-outed-valerie-plame. Of course, you can read the two books by the Wilsons for their side of the story, but, in light of the evidence, their story is suspicious. Especially considering they supported John Kerry’s 2004 campaign against Bush, perhaps in an effort to get Joe Wilson appointed Secretary of State by Kerry if he had won instead of Bush.
FAIR GAME is powered by terrific performances by Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, both of whom could easily end up with Oscar nominations. In fact, Watts delivers one of the best performances of the year. That said, the movie takes the couple’s side so strongly and completely that it winds up making the viewer wonder what really happened. In fact, other sources and contrary evidence cast lots of solid doubts on the story the politically correct Wilsons tell.