“Based on Washington Post columnist David Ignatius’ 2007 novel about a CIA operative, Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio), who uncovers a lead on a major terrorist leader suspected to be operating out of Jordan. When Ferris devises a plan to infiltrate his network, he must first win the backing of cunning CIA veteran Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe) and the collegial, but perhaps suspect, head of Jordanian intelligence. Although ostensibly his allies, Ferris questions how far he can really trust these men without putting his entire operation – and his life – on the line.”
A movie that when I saw previews for I really wanted to see, I still went into it with an open mind, didn’t want to write a review based solely on what I like or dislike, I try to be impartial and unbiased in my reviews. Very similar to other movies you’ve probably heard of “Black Hawk Down”, “The Kingdom”, “Lions For Lambs”…if you liked any of these then you’ll really like this movie.
The plot of the movie was really well done and thought out…a new concept if you will…granted overall the objective is to catch a terrorist, however the ways in which they attempt to catch him are well planned and explained in the movie.
The acting was above par…I used to hate Leo DiCaprio, but since, he’s made his way back into the movie world huge (The Departed and Blood Diamond) I have a new found respect for him…he’s brought his acting to another level from when he was in Titanic and such. Russell Crowe did well, however I’ve seen him do better, could be the role he played, although just wasn’t really impressed with his performance. Each character thinks that what he’s doing is the right course for the greater good. But when you break down “Body of Lies” to its most fundamental elements, it’s really about disagreeing with your boss. Hoffman gives Ferris an assignment, Ferris carries it out how he sees fit, they clash, then they start all over again. It’s “Office Space” with more carnage.
The visual effects were stunning…no hokey CG effects and such. Made you feel as though you were really in the middle of the action itself, things made you cringe and even occasionally look away. Very well done I must say.
Overall I rather enjoyed “Body of Lies”, left the movie not being disappointed in the slightest. I’d rank it about 3 out of 4 stars…but I don’t know if I’d be happy paying $9 bucks for a ticket, maybe a good matinee price. I’d definitely recommend checking this out at the theatre though.
Until next time mofos…see you at the movies!!