Body of Lies

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Released 2008

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Director:
Ridley Scott
Released:
2008
Rating:
R

Body of Lies is a crackling spy thriller, featuring acclaimed performances and globetrotting action. Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic, The Aviator, The Departed) plays an agent named Ferris who is in the middle of the Middle East conflict, traveling from Iraq to Turkey and hitting many countries in between, while Russell Crowe (Gladiator) plays Hoffman, an overweight agent in the U.S., dealing with the situation via his satellite phone. This, of course, infuriates Ferris to no end, because he is the one who is in the trenches, chasing the bad guys, dodging bullets, ducking explosions, and procuring the badly-needed intelligence that Hoffman needs. Together they are trying to catch the head of a terrorist organization who has orchestrated a Sheffield, U.K., bombing. DiCaprio is very good as an upwardly mobile agent in a performance similar to his in Blood Diamond. The production values (cinematography, shooting on location, vivid action scenes, etc.) are very high. Star making performance by Mark Strong as the head of Jordanian intelligence. Directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise).

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Always crisp and watchable. But as the film's episodic story gradually reveals itself, it ends up too unconvincing and conventional to consistently hold our attention.

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    As it is, the movie is a hodgepodge of borrowings and half-cooked ideas, flung together into a feverishly edited jet-setting exercise in purposeless intensity.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A mostly formulaic approach that becomes more disappointing as the yarn unwinds.

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