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.
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.
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.
As interesting as THE KINGDOM, SYRIANA and TRAITOR and as forgettable as SPY GAME and THE RECRUIT, this film is yet another look at terrorism but is never exciting. Which is an absolute waste of the talent involved who should be in something way better. The film is not bad, but rather it brings nothing new to the table. It tells an extremely simple story, strange from a writer such as William Monahan. Tension somehow never manages to ride high considering the subject matter. DiCaprio looks and behaves just like his character from BLOOD DIAMOND, Crowe channels J.T. Walsh as a CIA hack, and Scott phones through directing chores so much so the film seems like a desk-bound sequel to BLACK HAWK DOWN.
I just don't get why this film was made. I will say it was cool to see local Aussie Vince Colosimo in his first Hollywood role.
Not a bad movie (nor a significant plot here) but i must admit, i will never have the desire of a second screening in the future.. And this should be the main disadvantage of this film...
7/10. Good thriller, Leo and Crowe good as usual
Is it a coincidence that Russell Crowe looks like Glenn Beck?
I'm terribly fond of "Body of Lies" - it's nothing really remarkable, but the sneaky (albeit quite ridiculous) plotting, Mark Strong's exquisite wardrobe and that one hilarious* "America" joke at the end have all made me watch this more times than I'm comfortable to admit.
* to me at least
A rather stilted and dull telling of material that Zero Dark Thirty and The Green Zone would do just a few years later. Still it's entertaining to see DiCaprio and Crowe match wits for 2 hrs. Scott seems so disinterested this is his most boring looking movie.
- 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…