Whether you think Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson are brave or traitorous is probably dependant on where you get your news.

Whether you think Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson are brave or traitorous is probably dependant on where you get your news.

Your political leanings are sure to color your reception of "Fair Game," which tells the story of Plame's outing as a CIA agent in the opening days of the Iraq war. If you don't lean too far to the right, you're in for a sharp, well-acted thriller.

Plame is played by Naomi Watts as a sharp and effective undercover CIA operative. When her husband, Wilson (Sean Penn), pens a New York Times editorial critical of WMD claims used by the Bush administration to justify war, Plame's identity is revealed in a politically motivated leak.

"Fair Game" is more serious fare for director Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity"), but he constructs thrills and marital melodrama into a sharp and entertaining film.

He's bolstered by great performances from his leads, reunited from "21 Grams." Watts is tough but gives the film heart, while Penn has some genuine fire behind his political pontificating.

Sure, it's tough to put politics aside. After the screening, I heard a gentleman grumbling about the very inclusion of Penn, the poster boy for liberal Hollywood.

If you're OK with that, it's a great flick.