To gain access, Ferris quickly realizes he needs the aid of Hani Salaam Mark Strong , the head of Jordanian Intelligence. Now, give it a go. I have spent the entire last week reading reviews from critics that would lead me to believe that this film was a big, over the top, action movie with some decent performances that ultimately takes us nowhere that we have not been before. As Hoffman tells Roger a couple times, there are no completely innocent people in their line of work. Overall enjoyable enough but certainly nothing special from a director capable of far better. There is a team of quite experienced actors playing secondary roles and one does have to pay attention as the movie unfolds. He looks and sounds like the real thing and Ridley Scott correctly doesn't sugarcoat his terrorists.
Ferris meets with the kidnappers who turn out to be Al-Saleem and his henchmen. Explosive devices are launched from buildings into cars that blow up and flip into the air we see people nearby being thrown into the air. And most of all, he gets electric performances from Crowe and DiCaprio, whose symbiotic relationship with a thinly-veiled veneer of mutual contempt is a pleasure to watch. The other wonderment is aerial surveillance so precise it can see a particular man walking down a street. The overly complex plot in Body of Lies is often ludicrous, with cardboard characters and a heavy-handed tone that attempts to paint a complicated situation in black-and-white terms. In fact, although I'm not much of a Matt Damon fan, the truth is that Damon would have owned this role - had he not already played it, basically, in the Jason Bourne films. Worth a look and surely the performances should be considered and cited for awards at year end.
It's lame, pathetic, boring, dull, pointless, effortless, and a huge-snoozer thats pretty bad for a loud actioner. It proves no purpose, I just loved the writing and the shining brights on such fabulous actors. Lots of double-crossing, some beatings, and much coercion. She's pretty, of course, and Ferris - in the middle of all this running around undercover in Jordan and elsewhere in the Middle East - woos her, speaking Arabic and observing all the customs of her culture. But again, Strong's perforance steals the show and he proves that he can hold his own and even shine brighter than well known great actors. This is the real thing.
Ferris finds himself heading up the Amman, Jordan operations for an administration desperate to find Al Saleem, a shadowy figure and head of a terrorist organization similar to Al Qaeda. DiCaprio dies well in his role and Crowe is as annoying as he can possibly be in a good way. The writing is weak, raw and seems unsupervised especially since there was a lot of inessential and chalky material projected on screen. The artistic merits of this film are very minimal as is the accuracy of the research put into creating its storyline, architectural or geographical settings. But the performances are excellent from DiCaprio; who is the only actor his age who could tackle this role with the any type credibility and depth. Agents whip a naked man in a torture cellar.
Apparently he serves only as an outlet for DiCaprio's character's internal monologue, without which we would know nothing. There is a romance between Ferris and an Iranian doctor that is nicely played out and expands the characters. Crowe did a fairly ordinary job, I felt perhaps the role didn't suit him. What makes this different from other thrillers? His command of different voices, different languages I've never heard a southerner speak Arabic as well as he does in this movie , and different mannerisms make him a consummate professional. There's quite a lot to take in during the early stages of this movie and there's some well staged action scenes. Just what the doctor ordered. Isn't that the kind of thing we want insight into.
First of all, you know as soon as they make cute eyes at each other that at some point she'll be kidnapped or killed or something, and he'll have to rescue or avenge her. The sheer lunacy of the multiple conversations that take place throughout the film in which Ferris is struggling to survive while Hoffman is getting his children off to school is disturbing in its normalcy. Hollywood is renowned for discarding facts for fiction and any avid movie fan would know this and there are many movies that are filled with factual errors and fallacies that I will review in columns dedicated to this purpose. If not, stay away from this movie. It's not easy to describe the plot of Body of Lies without giving too much away. He gets his orders from Ed Hoffman Crowe , a man for whom results are the only satisfactory outcome, delivered with a fair amount of arrogance and a cocky Southern drawl.
We see soldiers with guns being shot on a street during an encounter a bit of blood splatter is shown. However, you have to pay close attention, as you can get lost easily. He is a prophet who Allah described in the Quran to be a prophet He the Almighty sent to the world with the best of manners. Body of Lies is a quickly forgettable film. Body of Lies is divided into three sequences, the first taking place in Iraq where Ferris attempts to make contact with an Iraqi who may or may not have information about Al Qaeda. At the movies, one has to suspend his imagination the same way a trapeze artist suspends his partner; our hands are placed over our hearts in anticipation: When will he drop her? Its fictional drama mixed with real world terrorism makes for a compelling story. Not only hidden political sympathies but also personal ambition can turn an apparent friend into an enemy, and enemy to friend.
The adaption by William Monaghan isn't smart as it seems which creates the portal of loop which not only is stultifying but questionable at certain points. With fantastic editing and a well-structured story, Body of Lies is a dark, gritty, and complex spy thriller. The script from William Monahan is excellent, almost every line is impressive and great. Of course his practices involve plenty of lies and deceit as he tries to retain the support of the head of the Jordanian Intelligence. Why not have Jack Nicholson play an overweight office clerk? Which means that essentially, this is a cheap knockoff of the Bourne films themselves, except with fewer action scenes and even more high-tech gadgetry. I'm a big DiCaprio fan, not so much of Crowe. This is where Ferris proves invaluable, at least to the extent that Hoffman permits him to function on his own terms.
He convinced me more than Denzel in American Gangster, too. If you've been to Jordan you know we don't have mountains of piled up trash. It's more of spy thriller with a cautionary tale on America's foreign relations mixed in. But having said that you could definitely feel Scott's vibe during the whole movie. I pray we have men and women like the characters played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Russel Crow out there but I know we have gone a different route with drones and computers doing the sum of our work now. While the overall story is good, the telling of it is very convoluted and can be hard to follow at times.
Technically well made, just like every other Scott films, Body of Lies brings nothing new to the table while taking things we've seen before and one-upping the last to do it. That would be stupid on my part, and it's unbelievably dumb on Ferris's part. While his obligatory romance with an attractive Iranian nurse, Aisha Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani , feels a bit too tacked on to make sense, DiCaprio and Farahani have a subtle chemistry that manages to make the relationship intriguing. As he tries to ferret out a potential informant in the Iraqi desert or to run surveillance on a terrorist safe house in Amman, Ferris is observed by Hoffman via crisp overhead images provided by high-flying drones. Well, that is right to an extent. Otherwise you may not like it. Besides DiCaprio, a big hero and focal point in the film is Mark Strong who reminded me a hell of a lot of Andy Garcia as the Jordanian Chief of Intelligence.