Sunday, November 07, 2010

Fair Game (2010)

Fair Game / Fair Game [could be called Vapaata riistaa in Finnish]. US © 2010 Fair Game Holdings, LLC. D: Doug Liman. Starring Naomi Watts (Valerie Plame), Sean Penn (Joseph C. Wilson). 110 min. Released in Finland by FS Film with Finnish / Swedish subtitles by Suvi Jyrkilä / Saliven Gustavson. DCP viewed at Tennispalatsi 11, Helsinki, 7 Nov 2010. - There have been many espionage films this year, and this is the rare authentic one, based on the memoirs of Valerie Plame, a former CIA agent. This is great drama. The office of the US President distorts evidence on Irak, sabotages the Central Intelligence Agency to do so, and risks the life of a devoted agent and all her contacts by letting her be exposed. A serious story besides which most of the other "spy films" look like kindergarten stuff. Strong performances by Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. The digital cinematography by Doug Liman himself is serviceable, but this is not an image-driven film.

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