Sir Ridley Scott, you're up. 3 vote limit. Deadline is March 23. Next poll will be Wes Anderson (but I'm…
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.
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.
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…
Solvente –pero muy rutinario- thriller rodado por un Ridley Scott ya en reconocida asociación con Russell Crowe y con un Leonardo Di Caprio en franco buen momento profesional. El resultado no está a la altura de las credenciales de semejante trío de cineastas.
Entretiene pero se olvida a la velocidad de la luz…la que se enciende en la sala cuando la película se termina.
Meh...Nice direction I guess,Dicaprio and Crowe were awesome, though it's nothing more than just a telling of what happened in the C.I.A missions...
Tem horas que dah um nó na cabeça, mas o filme é muito bom, vale apena demais
How about dat Mark Strong?
A CIA agent uncovers a lead on a major terrorist leader suspected to be operating out of Jordan, but while he tries to capitalize on the intelligence he has uncovered he must also be wary of the double-dealings of his boss in America.
Spy drama with a complicated plot which blurs any political message.
I've wanted to see this for a long time, which is dumb, it's not as though it is in any way unavailable. But mostly I was drawn to it because I wanted to see if Russell Crowe could really look over his glasses as often as the trailer made it seem like he does. And he does. More than I could have thought possible, especially considering he's mostly just on the phone the whole time.
Otherwise, it's better than anticipated, but still mostly a camouflaged movie, one you didn't notice when it was out and wouldn't notice now. Which is too bad because it is potently anti-American without being a jerky rebellious teenager about it.
P.S. Marc Streitenfeld needs to go.
Fun spy movie.
Quite an underrated espionage thriller - not as neo-conservative or propagandistic as others are, and generally effective in it's plot/characterisation. Some good set pieces, decent film. Essentially Russell Crowe (as the jingoistic, uncooperative CIA analyst who Di Caprio works for) is the villain.
Besides the Scorsese/DiCaprio partnership, which is usually awesome, a Scott/DiCaprio partnership, in turn, is something to seriously be considered in the future, due to this 'Body of Lies'. I really hope so.
I was going to compile separate ranking lists for the Scott brothers but not being a massive fan of either…