Liman, director of the first Bourne, tries a real-life thriller: CIA spy Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts), is married to ex-diplomat Joe Wilson (Sean Penn) who's sent to Niger on a fact-finding mission.
When Wilson argues White House WMD evidence is false, dark forces in the White House leak Plame's identity to the press. The story focuses on the couple, but deftly exposes the terrifying Machiavellianism at work in the Bush White House. A rewarding piece of modern history. will dean