Sunday, January 23, 2011

Movie review of Fair Game


Fair Game - 7/10
Directed by Doug Liman
Cast - Sean Penn,Naomi Watts

Plot Summary
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.

Review
If you think this Doug Liman directed movie is gonna be something like the Bourne Series,think again.Fair Game is a political drama filled with very fine acting performances by Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.I watched this movie with no idea of what it was about and sometimes it is pleasantly surprising when it is really good.
There are no action sequences,Michael Bay-esque explosions and shit like that.If you are expecting that,then I suggest you should not watch this movie.What you have in Fair Game is very good story telling.Doug Liman did a fantastic job and I will definitely catch his next movie.The chemistry between Watts and Penn was brilliant.Watts especially was fantastic.Penn as usual was good,and you can see the hatred he has for the bush administration through his acting.My two favourite scenes were when he was arguing with Watt's character in the kitchen and the hallway scene near the end.However as much as the story telling and acting was good,some may find the pacing of Fair Game to be very slow.To me,I felt it was fine cause it suited to the story.But if the pace is slow,the end has to be climatic and Fair Game's end turned out to be very climatic indeed.
I didn't quite like the camera works though.Very erratic.There were some tight close up shots which were good and there were shit ones like the over the shoulder shots.Editing was good,I loved the ending scene where film transcends to real life footage.That was brilliant.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes political dramas and Sean Penn of course.

Recommended movies done by the director
Bourne Identity
Mr & Mrs Smith

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