In all honesty, when I first heard someone mention “Fair Game,” starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, I didn’t realize it was a new movie.
Although I didn’t think I had seen it, “Fair Game” seemed like a movie that had already came out. In retrospect, I was confusing it with “The International” (which stars Watts with Clive Owen), “The Interpreter” (which stars Penn and Nicole Kidman) and roughly 1,000 other movies in this vein that star some combination of those actors and others like them. Plus, the title already was used for a 1995 movie starring William Baldwin and Cindy Crawford and plenty of other movies, including a documentary out this year called “Fair Game?” directed by Mario Van Peebles.
After seeing the trailer and the clips for Watts and Penn’s version of “Fair Game,” I’m getting another case of deja vu. I may not have seen this movie, but I have seen scores of movies just like it.
However, there is definitely an audience for this genre and Doug Liman is an inventive director. Plus, the cast — which includes Watts, Penn, Ty Burrell (TV’s “Modern Family”), Sam Shephard, Bruce McGill and Noah Emmerich — is more than solid.
Hopefully, this one can stand apart from the others and create its own niche.
Look for “Fair Game” — which is “inspired by true events” — to hit theaters Nov. 5.
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