The highest and the lowest Leonardo DiCaprio roles in order.
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.
Building on the existing tension between United States & Middle-East, Ridley Scott's Body of Lies is a dense, detailed & briefly engaging take on modern terrorism that is well-supported by commendable performances & does an effective job in capturing the difference between the methods both of these nations employ in countering terrorism.
Set in the Middle-East, the story of Body of Lies concerns a CIA operative who has been tasked to track a terrorist leader. He meets with the head of Jordan intelligence who's after the same person & offers help but soon finds himself caught in the middle of these two intelligence organisations who are equally skeptical of each other's intentions.
Directed by Ridley Scott & adapted from the novel of the same name,…
I like Ridley Scott but I can't trust a director who ends a middle eastern terrorist thriller with a Guns n Roses song.
"Body of Lies" suffers from a convoluted plot, an overlong runtime, and a slow second act, but it mostly makes up for its flaws due to the three great performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, and Mark Strong, the beautiful cinematography, and the stylish direction from Ridley Scott. It's nothing to special or all that memorable but it's worth a watch somewhere down the line.
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…
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.
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…
"Body of Lies" does have the atmosphere and the acting necessary (Mark Strong easily steals the show). So it is easily viewed.
However, "Body of Lies" lacks in the scenario department.The "Aisha-girlfriend" plot twist and they way it s played our are just dumb and naive and kind of ruined it for me. And Russel Crowe's character is too caricaturish for me to even dislike him like I am supposed to.
Complex, yet well structured plot, needs a repeat viewing.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Buddy's done. He's all by himself.
CIA....Middle East...Ridley Scott. Fuckin' awesome.
Ridley scott really does set an extraordinary scene with this movie, lots of films set in this environment tend to be stereotypical; but this film displays his understanding of the culture. Very good lead performances from Leo and Crowe. The story line was okay, but wasn't different enough from others in genre that I didn't see where it was going. I saw it more for its ascetics rather than its narrative.
MEDIOCRE - A perfectly satisfying action-thriller from Tony Sco-... wait, Ridley directed this??? Ugh, that's disappointing.
Un nouveau groupe terroriste frappe le monde pendant que la CIA tente de localiser et d'éliminer son leader. Pour ce faire, Roger Ferris doit composer avec sa ligne hiérarchique et les services secrets jordanien.
L'histoire tient la route et est plutôt bien mise en scène, même si la fin verse un peu dans le happy end ce qui gâche un peu le plaisir, et certaines scènes d'action sont -très- efficace (l'enlèvement, la course poursuite dans le désert), certaines le sont beaucoup moins et c'est là le défaut principal du film : soit on se tourne vers le thriller politique mais alors l'analyse n'est pas clairement pas faite assez en profondeur, soit c'est un film d'action mais qui manque cruellement de…
Going through whole filmographies in a short period usually leads you to forgotten films; not always good films, but films that no-one talks about. Body of Lies feels, to me, like the forgotten Ridley Scott film. Despite having seen it at the cinema on release, I had conveniently forgotten that Ridley Scott directed it, rather I had thought it was Tony Scott, in his Spy Game period.
Once you get into the film it is clear it is a Ridley Scott film. It is a weightier effort; it is trying to make an intelligent critique of American foreign and intelligence policy, while still being a stylish, paranoia thriller. It is an intriguing mix of conspiracy theory, and political film. It…
"In a situation like this, your friends dress just like your enemies, and your enemies dress like your friends."
I approached this film with excitement, because it reunites Ridley Scott with screenwriter William Monahan after their collaboration on Kingdom of Heaven. While this work shows flashes of Scott's superior directing and Monahan's superior writing, the pair's return to a Middle-Eastern backdrop is less inspired.
A solid third of the film, it seems, is spent on phone conversations, and while the talent is capable enough to make it passable, Crowe's Texas accent and incessant use of the word "buddy" are not helping matters. Body of Lies has the personnel on both sides of the camera to deserve another watch down the road, but the fact is that in 2015, as in 2008 when the film was released, it looks a little too much like the news to be entertaining to me beyond a certain point.
Some people aren't a fan of him (too much of a movie-star instead of an actor) but I've always thought…