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.
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Released in 2008, but probably more relevant in the year of our Lord 2015. BODY OF LIES skillfully tackles CIA and other spy agencies in Middle East, yet is most effective in its suggestion that information is ultimate power. Leo wears a thick beard, but he's still Leo—always smirking! And between Monahan's cutting dialog and Ridley's stylish direction, there's a love story and plea for cultural understanding. Aww...
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.
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 me more than Denzel in American Gangster, too.
A slick, entertaining espionage thriller from director Ridley Scott. The story is nothing particularly fresh or original - but Scott, ever the visual stylist, creates some arresting images with excellent cinematography by Alexander Witt, as well as strong performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and (particularly) Russell Crowe. It's a well-crafted production, but far from Scott's best - but still a solid effort.
Ridley Scott has a particular talent for making "realism" stylized. His movies are drenched with texture: smoke, dust, rain, metal, glass, steam, fire. Body of Lies is as strong a film as he's ever made. It twists & turns, revealing & concealing secrets &, well, lies. I admire Scott's attention to environment and commitment to thrill the audience. His films are as manly as they are romantic. Timeless storytelling.
I like the fact that the film try to show off the dark side of the spy industry and the film has a feel of autenthic Middle East vibe over it, but Russell Crowe is unconvincing as the CIA boss and a possible romantic subplot is tacked on.
Decisamente non tra i migliori lavori di Scott,questo thriller di spionaggio già visto e infarcito di parecchie cose scontate.Cose buone(tipo le esplosioni o i set nel deserto,e li si vede il budget elevato),altre molto meno,come il taglio dato ai personaggi che sono troppo squadrati e prevedibili.Scorre via senza troppi sussulti e non lascia mai il segno. 3* di stima per Ridley.