Body of Lies ★★★

Timely, technically well-crafted, and cinematographically pleasing spy thriller with some exciting and well-staged action/suspense sequences, an authentic atmosphere, and a nice scene involving two kids and food; however, the film is too familiar to be consistently engaging, the story is intricate but not particularly insightful, and the love story feels contrived. Leonardo DiCaprio portrays the lead character with appropriate intensity; Russell Crowe gives an adequate performance in a seemingly undemanding role for an actor of his caliber; Mark Strong is excellent as Hani; Golshifteh Farahani is likeable as Aisha. Competently directed by Ridley Scott. Based on the novel "Body of Lies" by David Ignatius.