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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…
Islamic Extremism will be the curse of the Western World for many years to come. It may have taken a few years for another group of despots to rear their ugly heads following 9/11 and the revenge meted out by Bush and Blair, but recently the attacks on Paris and Brussels show the threat to Europe and beyond is frighteningly real.
Many films have tried and failed to explain the hatred shown by extremists towards the West. To some it makes sense, the West's support of Israel always thrown into the argument, but I know plenty of Muslims who follow Islam the way the Quran taught them. Body Of Lies is Ridley Scott's controversial view on the subject, albeit with…
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.
This was enjoyable to an extent... I mean dicaprio likes an arabic woman, that's interesting. AND HE MANAGES TO TALK IN ARABIC THAT WAS REALLY FUNNY AND IMPRESSIVE.
When its so bad not even leo and oscar isaac combined could get me to finish 30 minutes
Convoluted plot for a stylish action thriller by a mid-to-low tier Ridley Scott. The charisma of DiCaprio and Crowe is enough to keep it watchable. However, I can't forgive this film for its awful treatment of Oscar Isaac.
This is a good drama/action movie. Beware, my standards are low! The movie is exciting, but the plot is nearly identical to Spy Games starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. Here, Redford, the spy mentor, is played by Russell Crowe. And Brad Pitt, the talented young spy, is played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Both movies are set in the Middle East, deal with terrorism, have lots of action and preposterous plots, and the lead spy falls in love with a woman along the way. (shrug)
But who cares? Leonardo and Crowe are great. There are lots of shiny things on the screen, and these things often blow up. So, Body of Lies is worth watching. The girlfriend in this movie is Iranian and is incredibly beautiful.
This is a worthy action film.
thanks... yow, bill
DiCaprio is a damn good actor.
Very underestimated. I find it excellent.
Super boring, Dicaprio and Crowe are fine but it isn't a great performance that I've seen from either. Maybe it just wasn't a movie for me, but I can't describe this movie any other way but bland.
I feel like this would have been better as a tv show, broken down into episodes. The fact that so many extreme, dramatic and intricate events were happening in a period of just over two hours seemed to reduce from the overall impact of those events and from the film as whole. Considering the cast, the director and the story, Body of Lies was surprisingly uninteresting.
Ästhetik der Postkinematografie
Prof. Dr. Thomas Morsch, WS 2016/17
Freie Universität Berlin, Seminar für Filmwissenschaft
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