Thursday, October 6, 2022

Body of Lies

Body of Lies is a Hollywood - movie Starring Leonardo DiCaprio,Russell Crowe,Mark Strong ,Golshifteh Farahani , Oscar Isaac,Simon McBurney.

Body of Lies Cast / Crew
PRODUCER:Donald De Line, Ridley Scott.

Mark Strong

Golshifteh Farahani

Oscar Isaac

Simon McBurney

Body of Lies Review

Star-studded cast, muddled plot fails to impress in `Body of Lies`

 Rating **

It`s been seven years since the September 11 attacks and five since the Iraq war began. The war on terror is unclear, confusing and too immediate to get any kind of proper perspective. The movie "Body Of Lies" doesn`t make it any easier for us to understand. It is a muddle of a movie, albeit with good intentions which, while trying to make too profound a statement, gets itself into an unnecessary mess.

The movie is populated by too many characters and there are too many strands of sub-plots to follow to create any kind of coherent reaction. It`s a shame because the stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, along with director Ridley Scott and a fine script by William Monahan, have all been excellent in other movies.

DiCaprio does a fine job and just might be the only bright spot. Scott again falls into the trap of trying to make a profound statement and thus allowing himself to get bogged down. The script by Monahan is big let down especially since he did a great job with the Oscar winning "The Departed".

The plot, when it actually makes sense, revolves around the American spy Roger Ferris working in Jordan even as he receives orders from his boss (Crowe) from his home in the US. Ferris is trying to catch terrorists with the help of the Jordanian security chief Hani (Mark Strong). Matters get complicated with close associates not revealing all the information, Ferris getting romantically involved with a local nurse (Golshifteh Farahani). Things get a little bit more resolved towards the end but not before a fair bit of head scratching and lack of empathy.

The characters are not allowed to be fleshed out and we find it hard to connect with them. But Dicaprio does a fine job of relaying the importance of looking at the players in this war as humans as opposed to his boss who considers everyone as pawns.

The supporting actors all give a fine performance with Mark Strong clearly making a mark. He holds his weight opposite the likes of DiCaprio and Crowe. The Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani gets few scenes and provides some refreshingly light moments. But even the sub-plot involving her in the end seems pointless.

The movie respects the situation in the Middle East and tries to express the nuance of complexity. It might have done its job unintentionally by confusing us. But it fails to make us empathise with the many innocent people who continue to be unfortunate victims.

For those looking for a well made movie anchoring itself in an increasingly complex mess hoping to learn a little bit more and at the same time being entertained, this movie will satisfy.
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Body of Lies Synopsis

He is the best man US Intelligence has on the ground, a sophisticated operative negotiating hot zones while no one close to him makes it out alive.  But Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a man with no identity beyond his last blown cover, trusting his life to the dispassionate voice on the other end of a secure phone line.

CIA veteran Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe) wages war from a laptop in his living room in the suburbs, dictating Ferris’s movements even as he dodges bullets on the ground.Anemerging terrorist leader has orchestrated a global campaign of bombings, eluding the most sophisticated intelligence network in the world. To lure him out into the open, Ferris will have to penetrate the world of underground financing and desperate martyrs, and form a shaky alliance with the head of Jordanian Special Ops.Hisquest takes him across Iraq, Jordan, Washington and Dubai, but the closer Ferris gets to the target, the more he finds himself caught in a hall of mirrors, where allies are only as good as their last deception, and trust becomes the most dangerous tactic of all.

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