Earlier this year Inside Job proved once and for all that documentaries can be just as thrilling as the twistiest of Hollywood box-blasters. So what happens when you try to fictionalise the fact? Enter Fair Game, a “true story” political thriller that meshes real-life footage with Sean Penn’s frustrated wrinkles. The result is an interesting, compelling mess; held up by a great story and let down by the telling of it.
$110 million is a lot of money to ask from a man famous for gay jokes and saying “boo-yakasha” in a yellow suit. But if you’d been unfairly branded a terrorist in a film that was seen by millions around the globe, you’d probably be pretty cheesed off too.