I was keen to see this as I'm a bit of a fan of Naomi Watts who seems to have been shooting up the silver screen ranks out of nowhere in the last 10 years, and was intrigued by the combination of her with Sean Penn in a movie from the director of Bourne Identity.
If you were someone who followed the Weapons of Mass Destruction saga that was the product of the Bush years, then you will probably be interested to watch this movie. This film is based around the craziness of these times...and it's a good reminder of what a crazy world we live in and how politics and power can blow everything out of the water.
This movie is essentially about a covert CIA agent (Naomi Watts) who gets outed by the Bush administration causing an abrupt halt of her undercover career. It's all over - you guessed it - the manipulation of intelligence about Weapons of Mass Destruction and the big question mark hanging over the White House's head about the validity of their invasion of Iraq.
While the first half of the movie is all thrills and spills, with the uncovering of vital information and secret missions, things get a lot more human in the second half as her life unravels before her eyes, threatening her marriage and the safety of her family.
I love Naomi Watts in this - she is vulnerable, intense and real all at the same time which is the trademark I've come to love.
With the interweaving of footage from the Iraq war, it reminded me of the horrors of the time, and overall of what a big and sometimes scary power the American government can be in the wrong hands. Well it's good to be reminded of these things.... thank goodness Obama is in power.