Body of Lies (2008)

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Body of Lies (2008)
  • Time: 128 min
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Thriller
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong

Storyline:

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.

2 reviews

  • Leonardo Di Caprio and Russell Crowe are excellent in this action/thriller! The storyline in “Body Of Lies” was quite interesting and somewhat innovative in the fact that there was actually a story and not pointless action. Throughout the movie the story constantly builds with action scenes that keep you guessing till the end of the movie. Ridley Scott proves again he’s a great director, he knows how to entertain! A very, very good balance of action, drama, and humor. A must watch for anyone interested in mid-east issues and good movies!

  • The CIA is on a hunt to bring down the main guy involved in the waves of terrorist attacks, the one that is running the devious terrorist organization. Roger Ferris(Leonardo DiCaprio) is the agency’s man to bring the bastard down and the person that is keeping an eye on Ferris is Ed Hoffman(Russell Crowe) who is a intelligent but ignorant person that comes up with strategies from a thousand miles away from the actual danger and gives Ferris orders to do the dirty job, while also being the good family man at home. Hoffman wants things done his way and his way only with no exceptions. Which also can be more of a pain than a benefit since it also jeopardizes the mission which just shows that he is power hungry. This is a intelligent and thought provoking spy movie with some good amount of action thrown in and it doesn’t drive the audiences to be confused, which is most definitely is a plus. Since a lot of movies like these has too much to do with politics and tries to be more confusing than what it really is. And since it’s not that complicated or a deep film is why I think some people might bash on this movie. The character that stood out the most has to be Hani Salaam(Mark Strong) who is the head of the Jordanian General Intelligence Department and works with Ferris to take down the terrorist leader. And the only thing he want from Ferris in return is for him to not to lie to him and show him respect and trust. This has got to be Mark Strong’s most memorable performance, he played his role in a very charming and charismatic way of being uber cool. He is cool and such a bada** that he can actually get away with saying “my dear” to anyone and still look bada**. I didn’t like Leonardo DiCaprio playing Ferris though although he did a okay job, I don’t think he is that great of a actor like what some people give him credit for, his character was actually similar to Danny Archer in “Blood Diamond” DiCaprio’s past movie before ” The Departed” without the terrible Australian accent. The chemistry between Ferris and Aisha isn’t believable and seem to drag the movie, but there relationship plays a big role during the film’s climax so it’s forgivable. Also seeing Ferris working with Hoffman to come up with a strategy to take down the terrorist leader by taking advantage of his weakness was cool to watch as well. This was a awesome spy movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat, it is a entertaining and thought provoking action movie.

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