DiCaprio Shines While "Body of Lies" Itself is Quite Underwhelming...
Jan 20, 2010
In this Ridley Scott Anti-Terrorism flick, Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe star as two CIA agents working together to take down Al Qaeda safe houses run by a terrorist named Al-Saleem. DiCaprio's character, Roger Ferris is stationed in Iraq until he and his partner's cover is blown. When attempting to reach a safe house, the two come under attack which leads to the death of Roger's partner. After recovering from his own injuries, Roger's Boss Ed (Crowe) who is in Langley, transfers him to Jordan in hopes of finding Al-Saleem using the information he recovered in Iraq. While Roger tries to make nice with Jordan Intelligence, Ed decides that they should cooperate no matter what and launches his own operation in Jordan against Roger's wishes, breaking his trust with the head of Jordanian Intelligence, Salaam. With the Jordanian government watching his every move, Roger must quickly try and complete his mission with or without the help of Ed.
Body of Lies is pretty much like any other anti-terroism flick out there today and really wasn't anything special. I gave it a four simply because it kept me entertained and the acting was superb. I am not a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio; he looks and sounds the same in every movie he has ever been in with a couple of major exceptions. While Body of Lies may not have been the biggest movie of his career, it was one of his best acted. As a CIA operative he was surprisingly convincing and seemed to take control of the character extremely well. His makeup was also very well done as Mr. DiCaprio seemed more seasoned and a little bit more mature which was also helped by a rather large beard. DiCaprio's stellar acting performance was backed up by Russell Crowe's. Though he wasn't in the film nearly as much as Leonardo DiCaprio, his presence is felt as a very slimy American CIA boss. His role as Ed is definitely there to make you go, 'that's why people hate Americans.' What's funny about that is that while you're made to dislike his character, there is also something likable about him as well.
If there is one major complaint about this movie, it would be that the preview for the film made it out be something completely different from what it was. The trailer makes it feel as if Roger has been betrayed by Ed which isn't true at all. While the two obviously don't get along very well, Ed never betrays Roger. Simply, Ridley Scott put his name out there as yet another guy who has made profit off a war that should never have been started in the first place, way to go. Sure, he make American's looks like buffoons, but that's because he's British. Not that I have any problem with Ridely Scott because I think he is one hell of a talented director, but he shouldn't have touched this subject matter. Overall, nothing really special to see her, but the film will keep you entertained. 4/5!
I like most of Ridley Scott‘s work, I think he is one of the most versatile directors in Hollywood. His works have a wide range in sci-fi (Alien and Blade Runner), swords and sandals epics (Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven), war epics (Black Hawk Down), among others. However, it seems like he missed the mark in his latest outing. "Body of Lies" is a decent espionage thriller that has a very impressive cast, great direction, but has a script that is very similar to "Syriana" … more
Ridley Scott delivers again in a long line of excellent films. Blade Runner (Five-Disc Complete Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray], Alien (The Director's Cut), Thelma & Louise (Special Edition), and Black Hawk Down to name some of the more influential films he has directed. The common theme, repeated again in Body of Lies, people's struggle to do the right thing, to fight for good. Scott also has a particular film style that he uses to great advantage in this film. This story … more
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The CIAs hunt is on for the mastermind of a wave of terrorist attacks. Roger Ferris is the agencys man on the ground, moving from place to place, scrambling to stay ahead of ever-shifting events. An eye in the sky a satellite link watches Ferris. At the other end of that real-time link is the CIAs Ed Hoffman, strategizing events from thousands of miles away. And as Ferris nears the target, he discovers trust can be just as dangerous as it is necessary for survival. Leonardo DiCaprio (as Ferris) and Russell Crowe (as Hoffman) star in Body of Lies, adapted by William Monahan (The Departed) from the David Ignatius novel. Ridley Scott (American Gangster, Black Hawk Down) directs this impactful tale, orchestrating exciting action sequences and plunging viewers into a bold spy thriller for our time.