"BODY OF LIES"
by Kevin Carr
|| MOVIE: **1/2 (out of 5 stars)
DVD EXPERIENCE: * (out of 5 stars)
Leonardo DiCaprio as ROGER FERRIS
Russell Crowe as ED HOFFMAN
Mark Strong as HANI SALAAM
Golshifteh Farahani as AISHA
Available on DVD and OnDemand February 17
Official Body of Lies Site
Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Directed by: Ridley Scott
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“Body of Lies” follows CIA agent Roger Ferris (DiCaprio) who is on the ground in the Middle East trying to thwart a global terrorist plot. His controller Ed Hoffman (Crowe) pulls the strings from a safe distance in Virginia. With the help of several gray characters in the Muslim world – from a Jordanian bureaucrat to former terror suspects – they try to prevent bombings in the U.S. and the U.K.
WHAT I LIKED
While I wasn’t a big fan of this movie in the theaters last fall, when I revisited it on DVD, I enjoyed it much better. Overall, Ridley Scott always delivers a pretty tense international action flick. The man understands how to make a thriller. What was the stumbling block for me in the theaters was how hard it was to understand. A lot of the dialogue flew by and was hard to catch among the chatter.
Additionally, and I don’t care if this doesn’t sound politically correct, I had a real problem following all the foreign languages and names used in the film. The subtitle feature on the DVD, along with the rewind button, gave me a chance to pull things back and actually read what was being said. Like Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven,” this film worked so much better on DVD because of how thick and wound up the movie was.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
The biggest stumbling block I had with this movie was the non-existent love story between Ferris and the nurse Aisha. I pretty much tuned out for all of her scenes, waiting for the film to run back into the international thriller side of the story. Sure, Aisha does play a larger role than just a would-be girlfriend, but here’s where the film seemed to lose focus for me.
Also, since this movie came out before the change of regimes in Washington, it was still an example of Hollywood belaboring the horrors of the War on Terror. I am just getting tired of the preaching I have to endure as a film critic. Whether you like Obama or not, it will be nice to have Hollywood shut up about politics for a bit... until Obama screws up, that is.
The single-disc DVD comes with no special features. Buy a BluRay player if you’re interested in bonus content.
WHO’S GOING TO LIKE THIS MOVIE
People who like a taut international thriller... and don’t mind a bit of preaching.