Weapons of crass destruction
Fair Game, espionage thriller, rated PG-13, Regal DeVargas, 2 chiles What do you do, as a director, with a film that is one part espionage thriller, one part domestic drama, and based on fact only inasmuch as the truth remains shrouded in the interest of national security?
Fair Game is the picture in question. It’s the reallife story of Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame Wilson (now Santa Feans) and their quest for truth and justice after she was outed as a CIA operative during the early years of the Iraq War. The director is Doug Liman, renowned for his work with the high-voltage thriller The Bourne Identity and all but forgotten as the man who helmed the hip 1996 comedy Swingers. The film was written by brothers Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth. The stars are Naomi Watts as Plame Wilson and Sean Penn as her husband, and it’s based on the political scandal sometimes referred to as Plamegate and on the two protagonists’ autobiographies.
This story has all the makings of a good film. It just has too many makings. It jumps right into the thriller realm with some undercover high jinks involving Plame Wilson coercing a Malaysian with family ties to a terrorist group to defect to the American side. Then the story switches to the marital stress between Plame Wilson and Wilson (a former U.S. ambassador) as she runs off on yet another CIA mission, leaving
Assigning Plame: Sean Penn and Naomi Watts