Body of Lies

2008

Action / Drama / Romance / Thriller / War

249
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 54%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 62%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 193780

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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 markymark70 5 / 10

Too Complicated and dull for my liking

Political thrillers are not really my bag to be honest - I watch them but do I enjoy them? Not really. So it needs to be a very special type of movie for me to give it the thumbs up. Body of Lies is not that special.

DiCaprio is a good actor - you have to give him that - but I am not so sure about all his film choices. Of course he ain't gonna get them all right so I need to give him some slack - but this one falls on the wrong side. He plays a CIA man in the Middle-East and essentially his plot point boils down to him on the trail of a hard to find terrorist bad guy. There are other complications in his way of course - explosions, double-crosses, car-chases and even love - and the plot permeates through all these items slowing everything down to a grinding halt.

Crowe plays a soccer dad, CIA HQ man calling the shots from his earpiece, computers and satellite imagery. Neither Crowe nor DiCaprio do a bad job per se - but their very limited shared screen time bogs the film down. To be honest the whole thing is too complicated, too complex and - a word NO film-maker wants to hear said about his movie - dull. The plot is hard to follow and I felt myself looking at the movie and watching it for what it was - but not really understanding what the hell was going on? Throw in some Arabic dialogue and hey presto - total confusion.

There is one good thing to come out of this though - Mark Strong's performance as Hani Salaam is impressive. His scenes with DiCaprio are - for me - the highlight of the movie and his dark, polite yet menacing presence throughout the film is testament to his fine acting. I've never heard of this guy before, but he looks like one to watch. Overall - the complex nature of the plot means there are a few scenes thrown in here that practically explain to the audience what is going on. This - although required as I guess half the audience won't know what the hell is going on - further slows everything down and looks contrived. Even DiCaprio himself looked like a guy playing the scene against his better judgement. In the end Body of Lies is a messy affair that turns into an uninteresting, muddled, tedious couple of hours. It's always a bad sign when you just want the film to end - and the sooner the better. The ending by the way is pure Hollywood - contrived and a nick-of-time rescue thrown in for good measure.

Scott too has to take a lot of the blame here - after all he is both producer and director. His flashy style gets a little tiresome after a while and even though he is a world away from his brother Tony's quick-cut editing, he seems to be getting closer to him rather than further away. Although the production values are spot on, the locales suitably impressive and authentic - the formula for these type of movies lends itself to global manipulation of governments and also grandiose, complex plots thus dragging the enjoyment factor way down.

Body of Lies is a quickly forgettable film. 5/10.

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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