Body of Lies

Body of Lies

In Theatres: 
Oct 10, 2008
Running Time: 
2 Hours, 8 Minutes

The name in the title says it all; lies are abundant in the film. Director Ridley Scott adapts of the novel, Body of Lies for the big screen staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.  The premise is simple. A CIA operative, Roger Ferris (DiCaprio), is sent into the middle of the action in the Middle East to track and find a high level terrorist. He utilizes all his recourses including Ed Hoffman (Crowe), a fellow agent who works from the US, and Hani Salaam, the head of Jordanian General Intelligence Department, along with other aspects important to the mission. While everyone wants the terrorist, Al-Saleem, they all want him through different methods, some more questionable than others. Ferris must question his own loyalty and do what he believes is right in order to catch one of the most dangerous people in the Middle East.

Most films involving government operations usually show off some sweet technology that makes us wonder, can they really do that? Body of Lies is no exception. Using satellites, the folks over at Langley can hone in on anyone and monitor what they are doing, even listen in on phone conversations. With the majority of everything happening in the Middle East, you get some rather gorgeous landscapes of the desert and such. Plot wise, things are pretty straightforward despite everyone working for themselves and deceiving each other. There are a few confusing moments but by the middle of the film, you know the gist of it.

Acting-wise, DiCaprio and Mark Strong as Hani were the two standouts of the film. DiCaprio puts himself into the role and you can see the anger, frustration, and dedication to finding Al-Saleem. The only complaint I have about him is that ridiculous beard he had for the entire film. Strong was more of the silent yet fierce type who you don’t really want to mess with. I enjoyed his performance more so than anyone else. Surprisingly, I wasn’t impressed with Crowe. He spends most of his time in America communicating with DiCaprio, giving instructions, etc. He was more annoying than anything and seemed to get in the way a lot.

With a decent story, intense scenes, and some great acting, Body of Lies is a film worth seeing at least once. Closing in on two hours, it can be a bit long but it’s able to keep your attention throughout. There are also some underlying themes regarding patriotism and such but based on pure enjoyment, it gets the job done.

Matt Rodriguez
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