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Body of Lies (Full-Screen Edition)
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The CIAs hunt is on for the mastermind of a wave of terrorist attacks. Roger Ferris is the agencys man on the ground, moving from place to place, scrambling to stay ahead of ever-shifting events. An eye in the sky a satellite link watches Ferris. At the other end of that real-time link is the CIAs Ed Hoffman, strategizing events from thousands of miles away. And as Ferris nears the target, he discovers trust can be just as dangerous as it is necessary for survival. Leonardo DiCaprio (as Ferris) and Russell Crowe (as Hoffman) star in Body of Lies, adapted by William Monahan (The Departed) from the David Ignatius novel. Ridley Scott (American Gangster, Black Hawk Down) directs this impactful tale, orchestrating exciting action sequences and plunging viewers into a bold spy thriller for our time.

Customer Reviews:

  • Enjoyable film, but please no more
    I rented this film and was instantly hooked in. I could care less who stars, as the characters and story are what I truly look for. Ridley Scott does best what he's been doing the past couple of years, releasing okay movies. Yes, I though American Gangster and A Good Year were okay. I can never put Leo DiCaprio as an action star. No matter how much muscle he packs on, the guy still looks like he is in his early 20's. Russell Crowe plays Leo's lazy American boss who spends most of the time calling Leo his "buddy" and stuffing his face with food while showing no attention at all to his 2 small children. The action scenes were definately on par, but I am kinda finding the whole War in the Middle East back drop a bit tiring. Can they go somewhere else? What about fighting terrorists on the home front? There are way more dangerous people here than in the Middle East. Which is shown quite alot through this film. Overall, a pretty good film, could of been better....more info
  • worth the rental price for sure
    great movie, and great performances by Crowe, Leonardo and Jordanian head of intelligence. There were a few very predictable parts of the story line, but overall a great movie with lots of intense action and dialogue. I wish the ending hadn't been so hollywood, but still very entertaining and great to watch. ...more info
  • a superior thriller
    Very good for several reasons:
    1) nice juxtaposition between the mundane life of Crowe's character -- Hoffman -- and the brutal, vicious life that DiCaprio is experiencing on the ground in Iraq and Jordan. It shows the distance from the US, and why we as a people don't fully "get" what's really going on
    2) full of twists and turns that play out to the finish
    3) excellent examples of spycraft and the soul-killing calculations that are part of this field -- both technically interesting and dramatically engaging

    The violence is rough, and the edition I had contained no special features. This is one DVD where it would be great to get the "making of" and other commentary. Definitely worth seeing....more info
  • Body of Lies is a smart spy thriller!
    This movie had me on the edge of my seat through its entirety. The story was very engaging and engrossing. I can't really go into it without spoiling anything, so its just going to be left at that.
    If you have read many spy novels, (such as W.E.B. Griffin or Tom Clancy, etc.) and/or have an ear for the lingo, you will catch a bunch of those little subtlety's in this film.
    And on top of everything else, the movie is sight to behold. The cinematography(?) is excellent!...more info
  • One missed opportunity after another
    (With apologies to Amanda Richards)

    SHORT ATTENTION SPAN SUMMARY (SASS):

    1. If you don't like DiCaprio, This movie will NOT change your mind
    2. He plays a different role here
    3. But character-wise, he seems to be rehashing his style from The Departed
    4. He seems to be placed in a quite out-of-place story
    5. The story seems to be about a CIA agent who works with the Jordanian secret service
    6. Things get ugly
    7. The plot then contradicts itself over and over
    8. The viewer is left scratching his head

    I do admire Ridley Scott for making a movie about what is going on in Jordan, but it just comes off as silly and campy. DiCaprio is decent here, this is not his best performance. Crowe seems to be going through the motions here, and yet again the movie comess across as one you should miss. The plot has a lot of potential, but the end result is one that you're left going "WTF did I just watch???".

    Look, this movie is not bad. It has a few cool scenes and well-choreographed action. But this movie takes itself WAY too seriously and in the end, you'll be wishing you watched something different.

    OVERALL: 2/5 stars....more info
  • Gripping and Gritty Thrill Ride of US-Middle East Intrigue
    Body of Lies is a very strong title for this movie, however, you are trying to sift through the action to find out whom is lying to whom.

    We are taken to Iraq, Jordan, Dubai and elsewhere as we see DiCaprio, a CIA operative working for Russel Crowe who is operating from the US and is the head of Middle East operations. It is as if we are on the ground with the front line of offence and intelligence in the War on Terror.

    DiCaprio at one point asks a Muslim about his hatred for the Crusaders. What is poinant about that is that few movies and news stories use that word, which extremists use to stir up anger at the West. Where Scotts 'Blackhaw Down' focused on a battle and was more of macro view of a battle and a micro view of the fighters, Body of Lies is an even closer micro look from a day to day, individual level of what he sees as the War on Terror.

    Crowe has a southern twang, gained weight for this role and looks like he was having fun mocking an uncaring character. DiCaprio is very involved and you get the feeling he is in this work for all the right reasons.

    I really enjoyed the interplay between DiCaprio and the Jordanians and Crowe. I have visited Jordan in the past and they are very friendly towards Americans and America in general. However, there is a powerplay of sorts going on as the US attempts to find the mastermind and influence behind bombings in the West.

    Well worth the time to view and own. Get 'Body of Lies' for your DVD library....more info
  • Hard to Follow
    This movie is about CIA operatives in the middle east. It is comprised of vignettes from Syria, Jordan, Dubai, the U.S. and the Arab Emirates. It is very hard to follow because of the editing. The action quickly switches from one locale to another and in between there are photographs being shot and satellite information being viewed by C.I.A. operatives in the United States.

    Both Leonardo Di Caprio and Russell Crowe play C.I.A. operatives working to put an end to terrorism Di Caprio is stationed in the middle east. They are trying to flesh out an Osama Bin Laden type. Di Caprio spends most of his time in Jordan trying to secure the assistance of Jordanian intelligence. However, his methods alienate the head of Jordanian intelligence and often cause unnecessary deaths.

    I just watched the movie and ended up scratching my head. I was not sure of what happened during the two hours that I watched the film other that Di Caprio's plans kept getting screwed up by Crowe who has a huge ego. I can't recommend this film because it is so confusing and the action is not worth the puzzlement the viewer has at the end....more info