Does trust go out the window in the time of war? There are twists and turns and it's a lot of fun. The movie confirms what I've known for a long time: Ridley Scott apparently can do no wrong. Leonardo DiCaprio has really grown up and cast off his annoying persona, which was so prominent in just about all his movies; until 'Blood Diamond' came along. Both, Islamophobes and Islamophiles--or those on the extremes of any aspect of the political spectrum--will probably find ample elements to dislike about this film. It's not easy to describe the plot of Body of Lies without giving too much away.
For this and other reviews, please check out www. There was no work there, just a message the filmmaker wanted to send. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. And most of all, he gets electric performances from Crowe and DiCaprio, whose symbiotic relationship with a thinly-veiled veneer of mutual contempt is a pleasure to watch. One thing's for sure if anybody can, Ridley Scott can. Well, here's a newsflash for the poli-preachers on all sides: it's possible to have it all, and just watch Ridley Scott do it. It's more of spy thriller with a cautionary tale on America's foreign relations mixed in.
The gentle and understated romance element provided by Golshifteh Farahani as 'Aisha' provided a nice contrast to the testosterone-soaked male world in which this drama plays out. Ed plays the situation like a kid playing a video game, and has the resources to change the rules anytime he feels like it, dispensing his orders from his office, from his backyard, from his daughter's soccer game, for Pete's sake! Others of a more moderate and even-handed disposition will find much to like and appreciate. All of this, rather profound, stuff is wrapped up in a gritty Ridley Scott production and direction, that keeps your full attention for its full 2+ hours. Just like KoH, it's all about even-handedness and realizing that 1 every side in a conflict has a point of view, which, to itself, is perfectly valid; and 2 every side has people you'd probably like and some you really wouldn't, 3 the way to peace lies with understanding 1 and 2 ; and not with having just one point of view, no matter how righteous it may appear. Ferris uncovers a lead on a major terrorist leader potentially operating out of Jordan, and chooses to act on it, involving Jordanian intelligence leader Hani Salam, played brilliantly by Mark Strong. In particular, for a white American screenwriter's work, this is incredibly perceptive and understanding of how Jordanians act and feel.
As he adjusts his plans it feels as if the story starts back from the top. A lesser director could have taken this story of espionage and twisted it into a convoluted and indecipherable Gordian knot. Of course, at the time, Crowe was a complete unknown and DiCaprio was a 21-year-old newcomer with only a couple of notable titles under his belt. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Thing is, you can't leave politics out of a political movie; and so what do you do? But the performances are excellent from DiCaprio; who is the only actor his age who could tackle this role with the any type credibility and depth. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare.
Now here's where I'm going to start sounding really bizarre: I know I just said it was a lot of fun, but there's a good amount of substance here and a good deal to be learned about middle-eastern politics having lived there for many years, I can assure you that this film works as a primer on the mindset and cultural feel of the locations it is set in, and of the political system there. Red de mentiras,Мрежа от лъжи,Rede de Mentiras,Une vie de mensonges,Labyrint lzí,Der Mann, der niemals lebte,Valede rägastik,Valheiden verkko,Mensonges d'état,I plektani,Η πλεκτάνη,Tijelo od laži,Hazugságok hálója,Gouf ha'shkarim,Nessuna verità,World of Lies,Wârudo obu raizu,Melo pinkles,W sieci klamstw,O Corpo da Mentira,Un ghem de minciuni,Krug laži,Совокупность лжи,Telo laži,Pavucina lzí,Yalanlar üstüne,Тiло брехнi,Chatter,House of Lies,Penetration,Diep vu ca duoi. But Ridley Scott is not a lesser director. But oh, how that's all changed now. Crowe and Strong, down to Golshifteh Farahani as Aisha, the nurse DiCaprio is drawn to and especially Oscar Isaac who plays Bassam, DiCaprio's go-to guy for information. I don't know if Body of Lies will end up breaking through the barrier that every movie in this genre couldn't; but for what it's worth, I hope it does. After a mishap jeopardizes Farris lead, he teams up with Hani Mark Strong , a charismatic and enigmatic, Jordanian covert operations official.
It's a movie with a questionable, sketchy premise and damn good execution. It was a very well made film, dialog and script were good, just nothing really stood out and grabbed me. But the week after someone asked what movie I saw and I couldn't remember. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. There are so many ways that Scott could have screwed this up.
However, this one was quite forgettable. One minor complaint is the pacing of the film. The escape to the idyllic countryside is cathartic for Birkin, haunted by his experiences in World War I. His performance is just the right side of slightly hammy, and works wonderfully well. Birkin soon fits into the slow-paced life of the remote village, and over the course of the summer uncovering the painting begins to lose his trauma-induced stammer and tics.
What follows is the push and pull between the three men's methodology on capturing the terrorist. It's a remarkably vivid, real portrait, and considering Hollywood's past of portraying Arabs generally in a 'dem Ayrabs, we America' way, which completely ignored the basic dress and attitude of real Arabs, something like this is refreshing. Its observations on Jordanian intelligence in particular are very much spot-on. He tells a solid, wonderfully entertaining story, without the need to drive home its message with sledgehammer subtlety after all, very few things are black and white. A lesser director might have chosen to ramp up the action, sacrificing intelligence for entertainment. It's the question the audience may ponder during the course of this film where it seems that even those on the same team aren't always working in each other's best interests. You really have to admire Ridley Scott's moxie.