Do you like action thrillers about war? if you do. You will be disappointed with this film. Body of Lies directed by Ridley Scott and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Russel Crowe, Alon Abutbul, and Golshifteh Farahani.
This film is about a man named Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is an extremely deep cover agent working closely with the U.S government. They are trying to take down a terrorist names Al-Saleem (Alon Abutbul). Saleem’s terror organization is bombing random spots all over Europe. Roger and his boss Ed Hoffman ( Russel Crowe) are trying to take this terror cell down by any means necessary. Ed is a very layed back kind of guy, who cares only for the American people, but is very unforgiving to the men he looses in combat and there families, also Ed cares nothing for the innocent people involved who get hurt. Ferris on the other hand is the opposite he cares for all the innocent by-standers and there families. After a bunch of bombings, Roger and Ed form there own ‘fake’ terror cell to draw out Al-Saleem. Everything is going smoothly until, something goes wrong and all hell breaks loose.
Body of Lies kept me intrigued for the first half of the movie, but the second half is when all the action slowed down and the storyline seemed strained and drawn out. The story is believable, but very unlikely. The sewn together love story between Ferris and a nurse named Aisha (Golshifteh Farahani), who treated him after a sick dog bite him, didn’t really bother me, but that side story seemed forced and slowed down the pace of the movie in my opinion. The ending was OK and predictable. I finished watching the film just to see if i guessed the ending right. And i did.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s acting was great of course, he really never is a let down in the acting department. Crowe pulled off a nice performance, not great. Just nice. The directing was good and the middle east music was a nice fit during each scene where they needed the music to intensify the action or key plot points. To me the movie was missing something, maybe a better story or ending would have been the missing piece, but I think the missing ingredient was an original premis. This was a fresh take on double agents and the government overlooking the operations in secrecy. But it seemed like I’ve seen this story before. Maybe in a movie called Traitor. Which was way better in my opinion.
My recommendation is watch at you’re own risk. I say pass on Body of Lies and watch a different movie with a more action-packed story, better pacing and a more like-able cast of characters you know what movie it is. I just mentioned it.