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Body of Lies [US Import] [Blu-ray] [2009]

Leonardo DiCaprio , Russell Crowe , Ridley Scott    Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Format: Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001C4CI8A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,498 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Set it next to the similar Middle-East intrigue of Syriana, and Body of Lies is easy to follow, in fact, this movie's plot is amazingly straightforward for an espionage flick. Leonardo DiCaprio is the CIA agent on the ground, an Arabic-speaking chameleon who believes in forging personal relationships based on trust and professionalism. Russell Crowe is his supervisor, a meddler who makes up the rules as he goes along and is more than willing to trade long-term benefits for a short-term "win". While working on a case in Jordan, DiCaprio gets a modest flirtation going with a nurse (Golshifteh Farahani), although his most intense relationship is with a Jordanian intelligence chief (great role for Mark Strong) who takes a wary view of the CIA's activities. Ridley Scott directs as though weary of all the fuss, and his merriment in Crowe's breezy sociopath gives the movie a rather strange aftertaste. It gets the job done, although after it's over you might find yourself craving the head-scratching complications of Syriana. --Robert Horton

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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
By J. D. Naylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb thriller 17 Mar 2009
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Body of Lies 20 Nov 2013
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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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Film With Class 3 April 2009
By Richard
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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Thriller 7 April 2009
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Very nearly great 5 April 2009
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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Published 19 days ago by G. Ashall
5.0 out of 5 stars Body of lies
This film arrived well within the specified time it was very well packed and it is in very good condition
Published 1 month ago by M GRIFFIN
5.0 out of 5 stars body of lies
Super performance by Decaprio a very good film and well worth the money.
A good film to stay in on a night
Published 3 months ago by silverfox
4.0 out of 5 stars body of lies dvd
enjoyed watching this film, good actors and good story line. Can recommend this film to to family and friends alike.
Published 3 months ago by mr robert howes
1.0 out of 5 stars Want to give 0 stars
This is about one of the worst films I have ever seen. It starts brilliantly with a lot of action and explosives and then it goes nowhere. So disappointing and a waste of time.
Published 6 months ago by Hans Boisen
2.0 out of 5 stars Constant bad language is boring
Crowe and DiCaprios` inability to speak a sentence without foul language became really boring and painful to hear. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Islamic terrorism - a thought-provoking expose
This is a hard-hitting account of events in the life of a counter-terrorism operative (Leonard di Caprio ). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Spindrift
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth Middle East political thriller
Action packed? Compared to Jason Statham? I don't think so. The overall impression was that it's a complex, slightly confusing story with many characters and some action - a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. Ahmad
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