Body of Lies 2008

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(85) IMDb 7.1/10
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CIA agent Roger works in the Middle East with Jordan's head of security in pursuit of a terrorist cleric. But his Washington handler has his own gung-ho agenda which impacts on the trust Roger has built up with the Jordanian. As events move, Roger wonders just who he can trust...

Starring:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe
Runtime:
2 hours 3 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

Body of Lies

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Ridley Scott
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe
Supporting actors Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, Simon McBurney, Golshifteh Farahani
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Naylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
Despite luke warm reviews and moderate box office performance this top notch thriller really exceeded my expectations.As you would expect from a Ridley Scott film it has stylish visuals aplenty but also has depth beneath the glossy surface.The basic plot line in itself is simple and is based around the US war on global terrorism.Within that frame work lies many shady characters,tailing of suspects,clues,red herrings,globe trotting adventures some decent action sequences and an horrific torture sequence which,all in all make for a quality film.True the plot is minimal and you could say that it's style over substance but hopefully you can see beyond that.What you have here is a stylish and intelligent piece of main stream film making that is more driven by character rather than plot and action.If you enjoyed the understated political thriller "Breach" starring Chris Cooper or the Gene Hackman classic "The Conversation" then you'll have an idea of the basic target audience here.Some of the films subtleties echo John le Carre rather than Tom Clancy and the action when it comes is relevant rather than something just to keep the audience awake !
Di caprio gives another top quality performance but Crowe is a disappointment in an underwritten role and not particularly convincing as a government intelligence chief.He could have been given so much more to do here to add to the film.
The running time at well over two hours could have been trimmed a little especially some of the earlier scenes but that's only a minor gripe.
All in all a pretty decent espionage thriller with brains as well as muscle.Enjoy
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By K. O'Leary on 17 Mar 2009
Format: Blu-ray
One of the best thrillers I've seen for ages, the story has plenty of depth with many intriguing twists and turns in the plot, but Ridley Scott's story telling is so good you never find yourself wondering what's going on. Although the film also has many action packed and tense scenes, I became so immersed in what I was seeing on screen that I found watching it became a strangely relaxing experience; thoroughly enjoyable. It reminds me a lot of one of Ridley's brother Tony's efforts: Spy Game, with Robert Redford and Brad Pitt (another excellent thriller).

I wasn't much of a Di Caprio fan, but I've changed my opinion of him after this performance. In the past I've always thought he's a little flimsy to play hardman roles (he just about pulls it off in Departed), but this time he's matured enough to make a very believable CIA Operative. Russell Crowe is also brillant as Di Caprio's odious boss, he appears to have fattened himself again for this role.

The Blu-Ray presentation is also faultless; wonderful details and colours (the rocks in the desert scenes can be picked out for miles), and the sound is also excellent.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 3 April 2009
Format: Blu-ray
A superb film which is smart, funny, tense and absorbing. The acting is undeniably good with Crowe and Dicaprio having a true chemistry together something shown by the often funny exchange of words between the the both of them. The storyline is excellent albeit quite complex and constantly evolves throughout the film which keep ones interest in the film through its 128 minutes duration that feels far shorter. The script deserves a special mention as does the as usual clinical direction by Ridley Scott. If you liked Blood Diamond, Black Hawk Down and The Kingdom, you will like this. Highly Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ami Patrick on 20 Nov 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A tense thriller with plenty of twists and turns - difficult to decide who was on which side at times! The lead actors look as if they are having a blast and the scenery was fantastic
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By NeilC VINE VOICE on 7 April 2009
Format: DVD
I'm a big fan of DiCaprio as I think he's made a string of excellent films (The Departed, The Aviator etc.). While Body of Lies isn't as good as either of these, it's still a solid effort that keeps you gripped with a plot that ebbs and flows with twist and betrayal across a variety of well-shot locations. The film has enough depth to keep you interested and moves along at a fair pace without seeming over long.

My only big gripe is the annoying American angle on it, whereby every middle-eastern character after 2 sentences of arabic (to give it "realism") suddenly bursts into perfect English. Iraqi insurgents, Jordanian secret service, ultra-secretive terrorist leaders, no-one is immune!

Probably not one for the collection, but definitely worth a rental or 2nd hand buy.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tangerine VINE VOICE on 5 April 2009
Format: DVD
I was really looking forward to Body of Lies. Two excellent lead actors with support from the equally excellent Golshifteh Farahani. All under the watchful eye of Ridley Scott whose visual execution is always a pleasure. Despite this I finished watching this film feeling a little short changed. The story isn't engaging enough. It isn't stong enough to run through the film as a spine. The basis of an idea was there but I just didn't feel it was carried all the way through like I had hoped. The real message being delivered here is how a more subtle approach can bring information dividends rather than taking a more clumsy, brash approach. The suggestion in the film being that the current American approach has not yielded the intelligence it could have if they had been as subtle as it may have been. Ferris (Di Caprio) recognises this whilst Hoffman (Crowe) is of the view that bad things have to be done to win the day. This is a standard approach for this sort of film - pupil and master disagree before parting company in the long term. It has been done before and whilst this isn't Ridley Scott's fault as the film is based on the novel by David Ignatius they could have dealt with this better. I have read the book and it is far more enjoyable than the film. Body of Lies is a well polished film but lacks a real core. The adaptation from written word to film has not gone well. Despite this it is worth watching but don't expect too much from it. It is just another Hollywood blockbuster and overall, despite some elements that were well done I didn't find it satisfying enough.
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