All’s fair in love and war

FAIR GAME (12A)

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith

Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty Bur­rell, Michael Kelly, Bruce McGill, Brooke Smith.

CIA op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Va­lerie Plame was caught in the eye of a me­dia storm af­ter her own gov­ern­ment had seem­ingly blown her cover to dis­credit her hus­band, who was highly crit­i­cal of the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion’s stand on the Iraq War. Plame en­dured trial by me­dia and she and her hus­band, for­mer am­bas­sador Joseph Wil­son, chron­i­cled their or­deal in sep­a­rate books. Doug Li­man, di­rec­tor of The Bourne Iden­tity and Mr & Mrs Smith, re­lives the fraught pe­riod. Fair Game is a grip­ping snapshot of the events lead­ing up to the war in Iraq. The knot in our stom­achs tight­ens with each pass­ing frame as Va­lerie and Joe wit­ness events spi­ralling out of con­trol be­fore them, and the ter­ri­ble price they must pay. Watts and Penn de­liver riv­et­ing, im­pas­sioned per­for­mances. FAM­ILY WATCH: Swearing, No Sex, No Vi­o­lence.

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