Crowe plays a mild-mannered teacher at a community college and Banks plays his wife. She is a well-dressed business woman whose boss is found dead on the same day they both had a loud public argument. A stunning murder conviction sends the wife to prison for the crime. But the foggy screenplay leaves us wondering if she is guilty.
Crowe is slowly transformed from a wimpy teacher into a hard-charging commando to rectify this situation. He ends up jumping into Pittsburgh's criminal underground to get what he needs to spring his wife from jail. The build-up to his plan takes way too long to develop. But once the action starts, it's a heart-pounding ride all the way to the final curtain that will satisfy fans of the genre.
* All's 'Fair' in love and war
Oh, yes. Valerie happens to be
Based upon Plame and Wilson's memoirs, this well-acted, intelligent film works especially well as a portrait of a marriage in severe crisis after it's thrust into the national limelight.
Doug Liman, who directed the "Bourne" trilogy, does his own camera work here. It is meant to give the film a
Whatever your politics, "Fair Game" makes for a riveting look back at a chapter of recent history that continues to push people's buttons.
JOHN DEPKO is a retired senior investigator for the Orange County public defender's office. He lives in Costa Mesa and works as a licensed private investigator.