SunFlix Presents Spy Thriller 'Fair Game'
The Sunrise Theater’s SunFlix Series will present the spy thriller based on the autobiography of outed CIA agent Valerie Plame in 2003. “Fair Game” begins Thursday, Jan. 13, and continues through Monday, Jan. 17. Showings are weekdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
The film stars Academy Award-nominee Naomi Watts, Academy Award-winner Sean Penn, Sonya Davison, Anand Tiwari, and Michael Kelly. The director is Doug Liman.
The following plot summary is derived from Ropesofsilicon.com: “A suspense-filled glimpse into the dark corridors of political power, ‘Fair Game’ is a riveting action-thriller based on the autobiography of real-life undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts), whose career was destroyed and marriage strained to its limits when her covert identity was exposed by a politically motivated press leak.
“As a covert officer in the CIA’s Counter-Proliferation Division, Valerie leads an investigation into the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Valerie’s husband, diplomat Joe Wilson (Sean Penn), is drawn into the investigation to substantiate an alleged sale of enriched uranium from Niger. But when the administration ignores his findings and uses the issue to support the call to war, Joe writes a New York Times editorial outlining his conclusions and ignites a firestorm of controversy.”
The movie opened in limited release in November to very good reviews.
Meg Grant, writing for AARP Magazine, states that “while viewers familiar with recent history might be able to predict how the narrative action will progress in ‘Fair Game,’ they will still be enthralled and surprised, thanks to Liman’s crisp, suspenseful filmmaking. More importantly, they'll be drawn in by the underlying story of this inside-the-Beltway couple’s marriage, which heads into a tailspin after Wilson does what he thinks is right, knowing that doing so could threaten his wife’s career — and his family's safety.”
Roger Ebert writes that the film is “unusually bold for a fictionalization based on real events…using real names and a good many facts.”
The historic Sunrise Theater, located at 250 NW Broad St. in Southern Pines, is nonprofit. Ticket prices are $7 for all shows. Refreshments, including beer and wine, are available, and all movies are commercial free.
Contact the theater at (910) 692-3611 or at www.sunrisetheater.com.
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