“Fair Game” Review
The obscene miscarriage of justice that was the Republican administration under George “Dubya” Bush had many peaks and valleys of hideousness. One of the peaks was the sickening leak of Valerie Plame’s name while she was working as an undercover operative for the CIA. The depraved fucks like Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, Robert Novak and, of course, Bush & Cheney, were all a part of the assassination of her stellar career. And it was done in the name of revenge.
Time has a way of smoothing over the outrage. However, “Fair Game” does a nice job of reminding the world what an unjust and vengeful episode it all was. It is a simple film in many ways. Histrionics are avoided in favor of a more measured approach. Naomi Watts and Sean Penn both deliver focused performances that capture the exasperation of a couple whose lives have been turned upside down.
I doubt anyone will love this movie. It is not that kind of story. Instead, I would imagine that virtually all who aren’t clouded by political allegiances to the loony religious right will be consistently interested in one of the more despicable acts of treason our government has ever engaged in. I highly recommend “Fair Game”. It plays more like docudrama than a standard movie, but it nevertheless manages to rile the emotions significantly.