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Body of Lies
Trust no one. Deceive everyone.
Body of Lies follows CIA operative, Roger Ferris, as he uncovers a lead on a major terrorist leader suspected to be operating out of Jordan. When Ferris devises a plan to infiltrate his network, he must first win the backing of cunning CIA veteran Ed Hoffman and the collegial, but perhaps suspect, head of Jordanian intelligence.
I like Ridley Scott but I can't trust a director who ends a middle eastern terrorist thriller with a Guns n Roses song.
Something pulled me into this movie. Is it a story? the cast? the music? brilliant filmmaking by Ridley Scott? maybe all of the mentioned.
I really liked how the plot evolved, and the characters with it.
A forgotten political thriller that didn't get enough recognition in my opinion.
Another of Sir Ridley's under-appreciated recent efforts,this has three stand-out performances from the central players. Leonardo DiCaprio,Russell Crowe and Mark Strong provide the acting class in a solid spy thriller that has the CIA in search of an elusive terrorist in Iraq.
DiCaprio is the field-agent undercover in the Middle East being "ran" from back home by a larger than life Russell Crowe in a complex and in-depth exploration of the war on terror. Moving between Iraq,Jordan and Syria we have DiCaprio going through the mill as Crowe conducts his own covert actions that interfere with his Jordanian government backed own. Mark Strong excels as Jordanian intelligence chief Hani Salaam and outshines both his illustrious counterparts with a measured and…
I will be the last person to say that Ridley Scott doesn't consistently film good looking movies, but you also won't often find me praising any of the work he's done in the recent past for its depth or characterization. Body of Lies is a fine thriller if your expectations are low. Leo is typical Leo, Crowe and Strong are effective support, some of the cinematography is solid, and the production design is as typically astounding as most of Scott's work.
Beyond that things start to degrade. There's no substance to anything, and you'll often find yourself uncertain about what's going on or why you should be worried about anything or anyone. Then it gets worse: the whole premise of…
Point Based Review:
- Script lacked any incentive for me to be attached with
- Characters aren't clearly defined and takes way too long to flesh them out
- Story lacks any insight on the war, focusing too much on a character driven story (DiCaprio), which failed to show the connection the character had with his goal
- I found the film hard to follow and took a while for me to finally be on the same page with the film
- Film's themes wasn't entirely clear
- Crowe's character felt pointless; the script wasn't entirely clear on why he is important
- The love story felt a little forced; feels out of place when the film puts focus on…
Ridley Scott’s underrated Spy thriller, Holds it’s own, successfully creates suspense and intrigue, which is also helped by well acted performances. One of the best performances from Mark Strong, being the standout, he delivers his lines with such class and sophistication. Russell Crowe with a solid performance. While Leonardo DiCaprio never fails to disappoint with a role.
This is great espionage thriller that shows Leonardo DiCaprio's acting skills once more. I was never sure why this wasn't a bigger hit.
Its a great movie and well worth a watch
Tense scenarios, interesting locations, an uncomplicated story and captivating performances by Leo and Mark. Awarding three stars feels like I'm underselling Body of Lies as its a quality bit of work that handles its difficult themes with aplomb. Still the love story felt unnecessarily introduced only to drive a neat conclusion and this subject is never going to be for entertainment but rather an alarming insight to how crazy this world can get. Maybe one day the human race will find a way to get along.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I saw finally the movie body of Lies. I wanted to see this movie every time, but never had the chance to see it.
I think it’s a very good spy/ Intel movie. The whole movie was very interesting to see, and it never gets bored. Ridley Scott did a very good job directing this movie. All the actors we’re great. A Specially Leonardo DiCaprio played an amazing role. For Russell Crowe it wasn’t his best role, but he wasn’t very bad.
Watch out spoilers! :)
There was one scene that wasn’t so good. But that’s because I live in the Netherlands. And that part was in Amsterdam. And I saw really that that wasn’t Amsterdam :) The uniforms looks…
"Body of Lies" is a rock solid film. If it has any faults it is the following: A bit too unbelievable in its action sequences (get over that), the love story subplot may be a stretch (get over it, its important), the pace slows down a bit (get through it, everything is important).
This film was made the same year as "The Hurt Locker" and instead of viewing the "war on terror" with a steady hand, "Lies" takes its hands and digs them right into the guts of the subject. Not to mention, this film gives what I believe to be all the sides of CIA Intelligence. Was there anything more symbolic of the American government at the time, then Russell Crowe's, comfortable at home agent, that cares little for those who die on his watch? It is very good.
A movie with this much talent in front and behind the camera shouldn't be so boring. I barely made it to the end without turning it off.
Body of Lies was an enjoyable, if somewhat generic, espionage thriller. Acting was good, DiCaprio and Strong in particular, the production values were nice, and the plot was good enough. Solid movie and I got what I was expecting.
I like how Scott played the bad guy Arabs against the good guy Arabs (Jordanian CIA) and the good guy Arabs against the good guy Americans. Made for an interesting love/hate triangle that really carried the film. DiCaprio is good in pretty much everything he does and Russell Crowe did a great job playing against type. The Jordanian CIA director was great, too, and I thought his role in the ending events of the film was really clever. A nice shift was the typical America Is The Best message that these films typically promote and that I though this film was going to promote. It might deserve more tha three stars, but this kind of film is a god ride for me, and not much else. Pretty much like most of Ridley Scott's films. I want me thing from them and one thing only, and I probably won't stay for breakfast.
- 21 Grams
- Johnny Got His Gun
- The Ugly Swans
- Blade Runner
- Black Hawk Down
- Blade Runner
- True Romance
- Top Gun
- The Duellists
I was going to compile separate ranking lists for the Scott brothers but not being a massive fan of either…