It’s all about appearances, people. Just ask former CIA operative Valerie Plame-Wilson (Naomi Watts), whose secret life working for the US government was exposed one fateful day to the public, which in-turn caused a whole heapin’ lot of trouble for Valerie and her family, including her hubby Joe Wilson. The drama starts after retired ambassador Joe (Sean Penn) is asked to help the CIA out and travel to Iraq to determine whether or not the country has any weapons of mass destruction.
Unfortunately for the warmongers that were in office at the time, Wilson concluded that there weren’t any WMDs. This doesn’t stop President Bush from declaring that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the entire world in a 2003 State of the Union speech, which leaves Joe very angry.
“You lie!,” Joe shouts to the President. Oh, no, wait, that was a different Joe Wilson reacting to an entirely different situation with an entirely different president. Still, the sentiment was the same, I s’pose — and this Joe Wilson winds up writing a strongly-worded letter to the White House. Shortly thereafter, any credibility the Wilson Household had with the Western World is put on trial: Valerie’s career is ruined on account of a “leak,” while Joe’s integrity is labeled as disreputable when the government tries to pass the guy off as a loon.
And, just as the White House tried to pass the Wilson Family off as a couple of charlatans, Summit Entertainment has tried to pass Fair Game — the 2010 film adaptation based on the novels Fair Game (by Valerie Plame-Wilson) and The Politics Of Truth (written by Joe Wilson) — off as an “riveting thriller” (hey, it’s all about appearances, remember?). In actuality, Fair Game is just a political drama, but its real-life source material serves as a stern reminder that the world of politics is about as reliable as an auto mechanic’s estimate.