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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.
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…
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…
Worth a watch but nothing exceptional. Retreads old ground that we've seen 100 times before without doing anything that original.
a dry espionage tale that lacks conviction in its framework, both dicaprio and crowe manage to sleepwalk through their roles without incident, narratively uninteresting and tedious to watch, one of scott's most harried productions
DiCaprio hace de super-agente-secreto-bueno y Russell Crowe hace de burócrata-gordo-encorbatao-pérfido en un thriller que intenta con todas sus fuerzas ser políticamente incorrecta pero sin mancharse el traje.
No me creí ni por un momento el guión, pero al menos sí que me interesó el personaje del Jefe de Inteligencia jordano y sus tejemanejes.
La historia de amor del entreacto es como meter un donut en una prensa hidráulica.
Great acting, but not a huge amount of character depth (although I liked Crowe's fat, crumpled yuppie) and the espionage twists are fairly standard and/or predictable. Yet decent spurts of desert action, and Old Riddles excels at what he always excels at - the setting - the Middle Eastern terrorist-playground mise-en-scene is subtle and fascinating, worth every penny of the location filming. Simplified take on the politics of course, but for a two-hour snippet it's fairly even-handed, and is most fascinating in its expose of the differences between the working grunts on the front-lines of intelligence gathering and the puppet-masters observing aloofly from above, treating the death and devastation as casually as the rest of us do when we watch it on CNN.
Entertaining spy yarn from Ridley Scott with little credibility or character intrigue.
Dicaprio is a hot shot active agent on the ground in the middle east while Crowe is cold, back stabbing politician in Washington controlling the information over the phone.
Neither of them are likeable nor do we care what happens to them.
Neither seem truly representative of operatives in danger.
Still, the photography and on site locations are exquisitely filmed(as one would expect from this director).
As unbearable as parts of the script are, it has a surprising arc which is even well rounded by the films finale.
Has the touch of great artists who seemed to have little artistic motive on this one.
May be more entertaining to others.
The definition of a conventional and cliched thriller, only slightly elevated by a talented director and leading man in Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio, respectively.
No decurso da sua gloriosa vitória em The Departed, William Monahan adapta para as salas de cinema a obra literária de espionagem Body of Lies da autoria do jornalista americano David Ignatius. Contudo, este seu argumento desaponta com os seus erros óbvios, não chegando aos calcanhares da sua fabulosa adaptação americana da longa-metragem chinesa de Wai-Keung Lau e Alan Mak, entregando-o múltiplos prémios internacionais, incluindo o Oscar.
Pondo tudo ainda pior, o guião de Monahan não é a única coisa que peca. O trabalho de Ridley Scott atrás das câmeras não demonstra uma inspiração para fazer de Body of Lies um filme além de um mero spy thriller. Ele tenta levantar algumas questões, mas não consegue criar lá muito bem…
Another solid effort from Ridley Scott that does sufficient credit to its chosen genre like American Gangster before it, but like the latter and the crime genre, this one doesn't quite resonate as the spy thriller masterpiece one might have expected at the time from someone with Scott's pedigree. Though, after a rewatch of Gangster, that movie did grow in my esteem beyond my first impression, and I have hope that this movie will follow that trend with subsequent viewings. As it stands, the film tackles the subject of the labyrinthine dangers of the spy game in the global war on terror in much the same twisting manner as the previous year's Traitor. And it features many of the same…
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