Plame’s status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq.
Fair Game has got Sean Penn and Naomi Watts playing husband and wife. Penn plays the guy who blew the whistle on Bush’s administration, claiming there were no weapons of mass destruction and Naomi Watts, his wife who is a CIA agent. The movie would make you believe that the husband didn’t know what the wife was doing or where she was going. Which I think is a little bit farfetched. I know people don’t tell people, but they’re husband and wife after all. And it’s directed by Doug Liman, who’s a great director. But somehow this one just doesn’t cook, and it should. This should make you spellbound, it should make you biting on your fingernails; there’s certainly an intelligence about the movie, but there’s not the excitement that you really want to have. Where this is actually a true story, and basically if it didn’t bring the administration down, it certainly besmirched their reputation as well as costing lives of innocent people. I just don’t know if the problem is the casting that both Naomi and Sean tend to be more cerebral kind of passive aggressive actors than maybe the real life counterparts. I don’t know what the problem is, but I certainly wanted more life than you get from this. So I give it two and half stars.