What's the message here? FIRST: Dealing with The Muslim Scourge is best left to Western friendly, Middle Eastern torturers. SECOND: scumbag CIA spooks are Good Dudes as long as they find themself a nice Arab Pixie Dream Girl. THIRD: Russell Crowe is an amoral operator who doesn't care about killing people but we're reminded every scene the reason is is he's protecting America. Another H E A P of well-crafted J U N K.
Même si di Caprio et Russell Crowe sont tous deux irréprochables dans leurs interprétations respectives, les nombreuses scènes d'action réglées au cordeau, la couleur locale et politique parfaitement respectée, on ne peut pourtant s'empêcher de ressentir une affolante viduité de l'ensemble, maintenu vaille que vaille par un scénario extrêmement basique et d'une consternante platitude dans sa trame. www.cinefiches.com
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...
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.
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.
This film doesn't do a whole lot very unexpected with the middle eastern espionage procedural but it did at least remind me what a magnetic screen presence DiCaprio has become now that he's grown into his features and looks like an actual man instead of a boy playing dress ups. Crowe is pretty bland (tho his role doesn't give him much to work with), but DiCaprio is great enough to definitely make this worth a watch.
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.
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.