United State’s Central Intelligence Agency’s Middle East Representative, Roger Ferris, is based in Amman, Jordan, and is keeping a watch on a ‘safe house’ and believes it to be frequented by young Muslim males. He has information that Al Saleem may be behind terrorist attacks, but lacks any evidence to apprehend him or any of his associates. His plan to implicate Dubai-based Architect, Omar Sadiki, not only fails, his Iranian girlfriend, Aisha, gets abducted, and he must decide whether to surrender himself to her abductors to negotiate her release or leave her to their mercy. –IMDb
One of the most promising directors of the late ‘70s, Ridley Scott displayed stylistic flair and remarkable storytelling abilities in such films as The Duellists (1977) and his landmark Alien (1979). Born in 1937, in Northumberland, England, Scott was educated at the West Hartlepool College of Art and London’s Royal College of Art. After completing his education, he became a set designer for the British Broadcasting Company in the early ’60s, eventually getting promoted to director of such popular BBC series as the long-running police adventure Z Cars. With the establishment of his own firm, Ridley Scott Associates, Scott was in on the ground floor of some of the most inventive European TV commercials of the 1970s.
The director’s transition to the big screen came with his direction of 1977’s The Duellists, a visually striking Napoleonic war film that won the Jury Prize for Best First Feature at the Cannes Film Festival. Further success followed with 1979’s Alien, which established… read more
By no means a defining moment in the careers of Scott, DiCaprio, or Crowe - but certainly an entertaining and thrilling (not to forget entirely fictional) take on the situation in the Middle East. The story is remarkably one-dimensional for a Ridley Scott film, but regardless, what would have been a run of the mill America-finding-terrorists action flick turned out to be a fairly stylish thriller.
While this likely the closest we'll get to Ridley Scott directing a "Bourne" movie, it's clear that William Monahan's screenplay has aims of being more than just another spy thriller. "Body of Lies" delivers plenty of timely (for 2008) commentary on the 'situation' in the Middle East; Russell Crowe's opening monologue about the perils of fighting an off-the-grid enemy is about as good as dialogue gets these days. On the downside, Leonardo Dicaprio plays the same character he usually does - a consumate professional thrown into an extreme situation - but the film is carried by an almost unrelenting pace and strong supporting turns from both Crowe and Mark Strong.
Somewhat pedestrian for a Ridley Scott picture. Visually not up to his usual efforts with a script that starts very well (by William Monahan) but winds up in a predictable fashion. Mark Strong steals the show performance wise with Crowe and DiCaprio only serviceable. Overall enjoyable enough but certainly nothing special from a director capable of far better.
The opening monologue had me really exicted - it truly showcases William Monahan's brilliance as a writer. Too bad the rest of the film was mostly unspectacular. I also feel like Crowe gave the better performance but was overshadowed by hype for the "bigger" actor. He convinced and compelled me way more than Denzel in American Gangster, too.
It is a semi-descent work from Ridley Scott, but a decent attempt from Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Strong and Russell Crowe. Ridley Scott is a name that garners a lot of respect in my book. He has made… read review