Body of Lies

2008

Action / Drama / Romance / Thriller / War

241
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 54%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 62%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 190949

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Leonardo DiCaprio as Roger Ferris
Oscar Isaac as Bassam
Russell Crowe as Ed Hoffman
Annabelle Wallis as Hani's Girlfriend in Bar
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Reviewed by caseynicholson 6 / 10

A Well Made Film that Just Barely Misses the Mark

I watched "Body of Lies" the other night for the first time since having seen it in the theater. This is a well made film that just barely misses the mark of being outstanding.

Russell Crowe is good in this movie, and it's arguably one of the few Crowe movies in which he transforms into his character rather than simply playing himself. DiCaprio is good enough, though he definitely suffers from his ongoing inability to play a character rather than being stuck in his same old mannerisms.

The plot of this movie is quite intriguing. It's a film that revolves around post-9/11 terrorism in the mid-east, with most of the movie taking place in the very places that make the news the most some eight years later: Iraq, Syria, and Jordan. Sadly, the movie predicts the spread of terrorism to Europe (it was filmed after the 7/7 bus bombings in London, and references them, but shows an attack in Amsterdam that brings to mind recent attacks in Paris and Brussels). Its fictional drama mixed with real world terrorism makes for a compelling story.

Unfortunately there's just something about the movie that makes it obvious that it misses the mark just a tad. It might be argued that the studio was trying a bit too hard to make an Oscar worthy picture, but didn't quite pull things together enough. The romantic element of the film feels a bit forced, and despite its strengths it comes across as being a bit more like a made-for-TV drama series than an award worthy feature film.

All in all I'm going with 6/10 stars. It's certainly worth the time to see, but ultimately a good popcorn flick rather than a more substantive film.

Reviewed by cinemajesty 6 / 10

From The Man, Who Never Lived

Movie Review: "Body Of Lies" (2008)

The book by David Ignatius released in 2007 and super-fast, pre-release option through Warner Bros. Pictures, brings Academy-Award-nominated Director Ridley Scott into action-thriller modes, set in the Iraq-conflicted-aftermath of the U.S. invasion of 2003, sending main character Roger Ferris, portrayed with doubt in his eyes, yet "Blood Diamond" action-approved Leonardo DiCarpio, who gets send as an "Army-Of-One" CIA operative by his constant-whistle-blowing supervisor, performed by Russell Crowe unusually cruel-playing, constant telecommunications-incorporation character of Ed Hoffman, calling Ferris in Middle Eastern region, when second unit cinematographer Alexander Witt fails to put some immersive image system into no more tiresome handheld-action-shots, when actor Mark Strong as Middle Eastern Intelligence high-profiler Hani seems to be the only character to convince in this professionally-executed, but unfocused directorial vision by Ridley Scott on a contemporary "war-on-terror" theme, favoring the heart-breaking sub-story as excuse of the main character's incapability to love a already-forgiving oriental nurse woman Aisha to down-beat endings of life being a bitch.

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Reviewed by nido-03799 5 / 10

unrealistic stuff unfortunately

The movies was well made. I enjoyed it very much at the beginning then it starts to be dull. as an Arab who watched this movie I have some notes that I want to clarify, first it was stupid when leo said to the nurse are you Iranian and she didn't even talk enough Arabic so he could notice and even leo doesn't know that much of Arabic in the film. 2 there is no way to date an Arab girl as easy as shown in the film Arabs are so strict on their daughters especially when it comes to deal with men outside the family how about foreign man . 3 Arabs community = male-dominant community so how come at Aisha's house there is no men at all if there would be a chance to still see this American men will get involve for sure. 4 women dont sit in coffee shops even with girlfriends in front of men like that local and tiny coffe shops like that considered for men. 5 I don't buy that whole story with leo and Aisha and how in this short while of knowing Aisha he became willing to sacrifice himself for her I don't think that any agent in reality would do that it makes no sense . 6 they are keep saying koskos as a name of a meal but the meal koskos is actually Moroccan not from Jordan. 7 this one is very naive see the scene where leo was about to die the Arabic man said death for the non believer blah blah blah then he says (tashahad ala rouhk) that means say the shahada on yourself its an Islamic thing how u say that at him and he is a non beliver or christian or whatever. I hated these stupid yet important deatiles they should pay more attention after all the movie was very good but this semi ruined it.

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