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The CIAs hunt is on for the mastermind of a wave of terrorist attacks. Roger Ferris is the agencys man on the ground, moving from place to place, scrambling to stay ahead of ever-shifting events. An eye in the sky a satellite link watches Ferris. At the other end of that real-time link is the CIAs Ed Hoffman, strategizing events from thousands of miles away. And as Ferris nears the target, he discovers trust can be just as dangerous as it is necessary for survival. Leonardo DiCaprio (as Ferris) and Russell Crowe (as Hoffman) star in Body of Lies, adapted by William Monahan (The Departed) from the David Ignatius novel. Ridley Scott (American Gangster, Black Hawk Down) directs this impactful tale, orchestrating exciting action sequences and plunging viewers into a bold spy thriller for our time.

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 picture. 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." (One of these characters is surely intended to represent the foreign policy style of the Bush administration in the first decade of the 21st century; take a guess which one.) 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

Customer Reviews:

  • Good if not a little lackluster considering the talent involved
    BODY OF LIES

    *** ? Out of 5

    Release Date- October 10th, 2008

    Running Time- 128-Minutes

    Rating- R

    Screenplay- William Monahan

    Director- Ridley Scott

    Starring- Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Ali Suliman, Golshifteh Farahani

    I was quite excited for Body of Lies due to the talent that was involved. While I'm not a huge fan of Russell Crowe he is a very talented actor and in my opinion Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the very best if not the best actor working today and of course with Ridley Scott directing that also got my interest. But while I did like Body of Lies I have to admit I did find this to be a pretty big letdown. Maybe my expectations were too high, but when all was said and done Body of Lies was good, but it could have been a lot more.

    The screenplay by William Monahan is well written and plotted, but there just seems to be something missing. The characters I just couldn't make a connection with and for me that was the biggest problem. The characters are interesting, but never given much depth and while again the script was well written in general my only problem was the lack of depth to the characters; the plot is strong, but I also felt at times certain plot points weren't set up enough. Again the script was good, but just lacking in certain areas.

    The strongest parts of the script for me was when Roger Ferris (DiCaprio) has lunch with Aisha (Golshifteh Farahani) and her family; in these scenes is where there is a little more depth to the characters and I think more scenes like that would have greatly helped the movie.

    Director Ridley Scott does a fine job with the pacing; Body of Lies moves at a solid pace and there's never really a slow moment and the action scenes are quite well done. It is possible to have a movie well written, directed and acted, but yet not fully work. Body of Lies was a good movie, but was lacking the extra something that separates good movies from great movies. Scott though gets the job done and I think it was more of the script than the directing. The final act though was excellent and tension filled and in these scenes is where Ridley Scott really succeeds.

    Russell Crowe as Ed Hoffman delivers a solid performance, but he wasn't used to his full potential and while again it was a good performance he didn't show how talented he is. The biggest selling point for me was Leonardo DiCaprio who I honestly feel will go down as the greatest actor of his generation his talents as an actor is awe inspiring, but like Crowe, Leo isn't allowed to show his full range. Leo's performance was no doubt another winner in a career, which is shaping up to be legendary. The body of work he's done in the past few years is truly amazing, but when you have an actor like Leo you need to take full advantage and again Leo delivers another excellent performance, but he just wasn't used to his fullest potential. Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani in her American film debut was the standout and nearly steals the show.

    Overall Body of Lies was a solid, but flawed movie; while the movie was good like I said I just felt as if it was missing that extra something that separates good movies from great movies. But with all that said Body of Lies is a good movie, but could have been more.

    The Blu-ray is loaded with extra features that cover pretty much every aspect of the film and they are also in HD. The picture quality is brilliant and the sound is great. The 2-disc DVD is about the same price as the BD, but for the extra couple of dollars I'd highly recommend the Blu-ray...more info
  • Great movie but the Blu Ray no longer has the digital copy!
    Be careful,the Blu Ray no longer comes with the Digital Copy like it shows on the picture,mine had just the Blu Ray Disc(dont worry it has all the extras!),just no Digital Copy disc.I'm sure there is still some of the 2 disc Speacial Editions out there,after the first run it seems that the Digital Copy is no longer included. Great Ridley Scott movie though,I'm not a huge fan of Digital Copies but I'm just warning people out there who do like em'! No more slipcover either,guess Warner saved a lot of $ by doing this! I'm sure this will be happening more and more w/ Blu Ray releases in the future!...more info
  • Russell & Ridley are involved? I'm there!
    I didn't think of this movie as a political statement or a current news program, just as a good story with great actors. If I want to watch the news I will tune into CNN.

    For me it is all about the story, photography and acting. BOL has it all. Ridley's ability to transport us to the location, Russell's ability to say so much without words, and Leo has been a pleasure to see develop into one of the best actor's of our time.

    I give this movie the highest rating Amazon allows. It moved quickly enough to never be a bore and slowed down from time to time to allow the story to be apparent.

    ...more info
  • An action/espionage blast
    When it comes to Ridley Scott, I'm willing to check out anything the iconic director churns out. From Alien to Blade Runner to Gladiator to American Gangster, Scott's dynamic visual flair has always been something that has seperated him from other directors of his ilk. Body of Lies is no different, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Roger Ferris, a CIA specialist attempting to infiltrate a major terrorist leader in the Middle East. His boss is Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe), whose double dealings and side operations threaten to blow Ferris' cover as he descends deeper and deeper into the Islamic underworld, in particular his dealings with Hani (Mark Strong) which could make or break the situation at hand. Always compelling, Body of Lies works thanks to The Departed scribe William Monahan's crackling screenplay and DiCaprio's electric performance. Crowe and Strong are great as well, but the film's only real flaw is that it doesn't always feel as if Scott's heart is in it all the way. While Body of Lies does bear his distinction of visual mastery, there's just too many moments of being dragged along by the occasional muddled story and plot. That aside, Body of Lies is an intelligent and entertaining espionage thriller that delivers the goods, and is definitely worth seeing as well....more info
  • I really wanted to like this one...
    These days, Ridley Scott's brand as a director is such that when you go to see a film of his, there tend to be certain expectations ranging from story to action to screenplay. When the trailer came out, i had very high expectations for this movie. I wouldn't say i was sorely disappointed but it was a bit of letdown.

    'Body of Lies' stars Leo dicap as Roger Ferris, a CIA counter-terrorist agent based in Jordan. Russell Crowe as a manipulative and sometimes not entirely well meaning senior head at CIA who is Dicaprio's supervisor.

    The movie has the trademark Ridley Scott touch to it, in terms of action, cinematography etc. But there are a lot of holes in the script that come of as a letdown. The sudden need of a love interest for Dicap's character is pretty out of place in the story and if you ask me, is not warranted in the least.

    My highlights in the film would be Russel Crowe's character which is a complete diff from his usual persona and he seems to have added a few pounds for this role (similar to Stallone in Copland) , the other would be a solid performance by Mark Strong, who plays Hanni Salaam (pasha) head of Jordan's secret service and who plays a key role in Leo Dicap's character being based in Jordan and his work there.

    The movie reinvents the same whole concept and dangerously gets into the stereotype of Arabs and the subsequent influence of terrorism from the middle east.

    3 Stars. This movie would have been a classic had it a more cohesive and tight script. ...more info
  • absorbing political thriller
    Less pedantic than "Lions for Lambs," but more pulpy than "Rendition" or "Stop-Loss," "Body of Lies" is Hollywood's latest endeavor to bring the war-on-terror to the silver screen.

    Leonardo DiCaprio plays an undercover CIA operative working in the explosive Middle East under the guiding hand of Russell Crowe, his ruthless, acerbic boss who feeds him instructions straight from his cushy office at Langley Headquarters. Despite their double billing, DiCaprio and Crowe rarely appear on screen together, making DiCaprio the default star of the picture. He gives one of his finest performances as a man thoroughly dedicated to the cause he is fighting for but deeply cognizant of the fact that much of what he is required to do in the course of his job will wind up robbing him of a certain percentage of his humanity after all is said and done. Crowe as the cynical boss and, even more impressively, Mark Strong as a high official in the Jordanian government offer superlative support.

    As directed by Ridley Scott (from a screenplay by William Monahan based on a novel by David Ignatius), "Body of Lies" benefits from engaging dialogue, exciting action sequences and razor-sharp editing. The movie is long (128 minutes) but rarely uninteresting, and DiCaprio makes us care deeply about his character.

    It may not be the "deepest" of the war-on-terror movies, but it's certainly one of the most watchable. ...more info
  • Good movie CREDIT MISTAKE NO special extras
    I was not able to see the film in the theater.

    I had read the reviews. So, I was NOT sure what to expect.

    ONE THING I HAVE HATED ABOUT THE MARKETING OF THE FILM. CREDIT FOR ACTORS....I'm sorry but should NOT the Oscar winner get top billing over the Oscar nominee? Leo got top billing over Russell just because of "The Nudie Boat Movie"?

    This was a big mistake.

    The film is good. Not great. Russell did his usual good job with his role. Once again playing a character older & larger (he had to put on weight again like he did in "The Insider").

    All Leo does is be angry, yell & curse.

    I did expect more with this 2 disc DVD package. Commentary from Ridley & a couple of writers. NO actor commentary. Russell should have been there, remember he & Ridley have now worked together 4 times. Just no real special extras on this except for the digital copy disc. Only good to input for a year after DVD release.

    Then, another credit problem. When you read the back the DVD they credit Ridley with "American Gangster" & "Black Hawk Down". How about "Blade Runner", a little Best Picture & Actor winner "Gladiator", "Alien" etc.

    No chapter list sheet inside.

    A good film I want to say again.
    ...more info
  • lousy movie
    this movie is not worth the film that it is printed on, a real piece of garbage. don't buy it....more info
  • Men from the future vs men from the past....
    I found much to like in this modern espionage thriller set smack dab in the middle of the struggle of our times with high tech spies battling 7th Century jihadists who have found and exploited the weaknesses of that same technology, bending it to their own ends.

    It's a Ridley Scott film, which means superb craftsmanship, and has an excellent cast with DiCaprio and Crowe in the lead, but I think both are trumped by Mark Strong's Hani, the sophisticated and cultured head of Jordanian Intelligence, who delivers the film's best moments, as well as its sub-theme that technology cannot replace human intelligence in the struggle against jihadists.

    The technology presented is stunning if it is truly that advanced. But the real espionage war is presented as down and dirty in the trenches. There are some side trips with DiCaprio's interest in a young Muslim nurse, but these are thinly developed and mostly it is a fast paced action thriller, with some nice details.

    I was troubled by the Russell Crowe character. While duplicity and bureaucratic back-stabbing are certainly part of life in the CIA as in any large organization, a boss that constantly undercuts and double crosses you would not inspire much confidence and loyalty, and I don't think would rise to such a position of power. Sure, he might do dirt to rivals in the office, but to constantly lie to and subvert the field operatives that risk their lives for you seems an unlikely path for career advancement. No one would work for you. But what do I know?

    All in all, a gritty and fast paced entertainment. Like some other reviewers, I didn't find any great revelations here, but it was good movie-making done well and it was worth a look....more info
  • Good movie CREDIT MISTAKE NO special extras
    I was not able to see the film in the theater.

    I had read the reviews. So, I was NOT sure what to expect.

    ONE THING I HAVE HATED ABOUT THE MARKETING OF THE FILM. CREDIT FOR ACTORS....I'm sorry but should NOT the Oscar winner get top billing over the Oscar nominee? Leo got top billing over Russell just because of "The Nudie Boat Movie"?

    This was a big mistake.

    The film is good. Not great. Russell did his usual good job with his role. Once again playing a character older & larger (he had to put on weight again like he did in "The Insider").

    All Leo does is be angry, yell & curse.

    I did expect more with this 2 disc DVD package. Commentary from Ridley & a couple of writers. NO actor commentary. Russell should have been there, remember he & Ridley have now worked together 4 times. Just no real special extras on this except for the digital copy disc. Only good to input for a year after DVD release.

    Then, another credit problem. When you read the back the DVD they credit Ridley with "American Gangster" & "Black Hawk Down". How about "Blade Runner", a little Best Picture & Actor winner "Gladiator", "Alien" etc.

    No chapter list sheet inside.

    A good film I want to say again.
    ...more info
  • Well done movie. Is there a bad Russell Crowe movie?
    I really enjoyed this movie and was pleased with how timely it was and that it accurately portrayed the American Government, especially the CIA, as nothing more than the interfering, war mongering, corporate, power hungry, crum dums that they are....more info
  • Not impressed
    Previously impressed with all Ridley's works, this one? Hmmm. Could have watched "The Unit" on CBS and gotten the same result. Only with that TV series I would have at least experienced an appropriate ending. No wonder this movie had no "press" - it is definitely "less than" in many areas. First and foremost? No ending. All it accomplished was to further impress the fact there's dramatic problems in the middle east - that we have no real power over, and probably never will at the cost of too many american lives. If that was the reason for producing this movie, well, it was successful. As an entertainment piece? Nope. Am now proceeding to my Video On Demands and Amazon Unbox to delete this disappointing movie. ...more info
  • The rot is in the house et the bomb under the bed
    This film is a pamphlet and as such is an essential film in our consciousness of reality the way it may be in this globalized world. It shows how the West cannot win the war in which we have engage ourselves without even thinking it over twice. The war that must be stopped at once, and at once is already too late, that war against Islam, even if we pretend at times it is only against the Arabs because we don't want to know better, this war is lost, and was lost even before starting it, because it is not a war against terror at all , but a war against those who don't want to be westernized because we have been dumb enough to pretend that the American way of life was the future of the world, once again without even thinking it over twice. But what can we do in that situation? Nothing, absolutely nothing. The war is in fact between those in the Moslem world who want to move with history and benefit from the alleviating technology of the modern world on one hand, and the others in the Moslem world who do not want that alleviating effect because for them suffering and physical exhaustion and corporal punishments are the norm and have to go on for ever because they are the law of god. They can accept modern technology but only if it enables them to fight the world that has produced it. In fact the conflict is a conflict we have known before them when we were divided between those who wanted to go on with the good old faith that was telling us every single detail we were supposed to respect, accept and suffer in our daily life in the name of our own god and in the patient expectation of the coming redemption of our liberation by death. That was the struggle we had to fight for education against those who wanted to keep us uneducated. And it is the fight we are still fighting in our modern countries against those who do not see the necessity of restructuring our economy, our political system, our daily life and want to keep everything the way it has always been, ... well at least the way it has been for fifty years or so, maybe even less. They would certainly not torture anyone, except that they do sabotage the railroads and everyone would like to make us believe that it is not dangerous for anyone. Ask the students who would like to study for their future and who are blocked out of their classrooms by minorities who are numerous enough (most of the time a couple of dozens) to block the lifts that go up in the buildings and that blockade makes the security services stop all possible circulation in the buildings and on campus if necessary in the name of the risks people would run if they let them go through the blocking picket lines. The film is thus an absolute denunciation of the war on terror as being lost even before being fought, and as a means to make our own best patriots and soldiers regress to the level of pure animals, birds of prey, carnivorous saber tigers straight out of the jungle or Siberia, in one word regress back to the time of the crusades. And finally this film reveals to anyone who wants to know about it how the present surveillance based on the satellites over our heads enables the people behind the screens that receive their images to see details that are so small that they could not have a better view if they were just ten yards away. That mess was not created by Bush, of course not. He was just dumb enough to fall into the trap and Cheney was dumb enough to believe he could win that war, and John McCain knows how to win a war, like the one in Vietnam, or the one in Somalia, or the one in Afghanistan, or the one in Iraq, or ... what would the next one be if these warmongers had the power to start a new one? And imagine the mess Barack Obama has to clean up, because now the eggs have been broken the omelet must be cooked. Good luck if we do not want the whole kitchen to explode knowing there are tons of flame sensitive explosive hovering just one foot over the gas-burner.

    Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
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  • A solid film, coupled with a great BD
    I noticed all of the reviews got clumped onto the BD, but at least the intricate story has been covered adequately by everyone here. A very detailed story based on Ignatius' book that came across beautifully on screen. The stand alone performance of Mark Strong (once again) makes this entire film re-watchable and makes it a recommendation on him alone.

    The most challenging part of this BD was how to set the display. There are so many brights and contrasts, intertwined with intense darks and solemn indoor sequences, that it leaves it open for how you wish to best see the saturation lines. The best result/test was watching the dark black helicopters attacking the convoy whilst it is speeding through the bright desert. That sequence by itself has made for a solid BD display in the store. The sound, picture and presentation all look worthwhile for BD ownership. No complaints.

    The special features are thorough and cover virtually all aspects of the production. Different options are afforded to you should you wish to watch them separatley or while watching the film. The additional/deleted scenes in 1080 are a mixed bag of what should have stayed or was rightfully cut. The alternate ending was much more enjoyable for character closure, and the BD live options have some fun material. Also an interesting option involving a "cross-graph" of snippets from Scott, Leo and Crowe about the story and characters that you can select. The Digital Copy disc is included as disc 2. ...more info
  • Movies
    This movie was one of the best movies i have seen this year due to all the locations of which it was filmed and the role the main character played....more info
  • An action/espionage blast
    When it comes to Ridley Scott, I'm willing to check out anything the iconic director churns out. From Alien to Blade Runner to Gladiator to American Gangster, Scott's dynamic visual flair has always been something that has seperated him from other directors of his ilk. Body of Lies is no different, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Roger Ferris, a CIA specialist attempting to infiltrate a major terrorist leader in the Middle East. His boss is Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe), whose double dealings and side operations threaten to blow Ferris' cover as he descends deeper and deeper into the Islamic underworld, in particular his dealings with Hani (Mark Strong) which could make or break the situation at hand. Always compelling, Body of Lies works thanks to The Departed scribe William Monahan's crackling screenplay and DiCaprio's electric performance. Crowe and Strong are great as well, but the film's only real flaw is that it doesn't always feel as if Scott's heart is in it all the way. While Body of Lies does bear his distinction of visual mastery, there's just too many moments of being dragged along by the occasional muddled story and plot. That aside, Body of Lies is an intelligent and entertaining espionage thriller that delivers the goods, and is definitely worth seeing as well....more info
  • Body of Lies - Blu-ray Info
    Version: U.S.A / Warner / Region A, B, C
    Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
    VC-1 BD-50 / Advanced Profile 3 / AACS
    Running time: 2:08:18
    Movie size: 27,38 GB
    Disc size: 39,27 GB
    Total bit rate: 28.45 Mbps
    Average video bit rate: 21.78 Mbps

    Dolby TrueHD Audio English 1532 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1532 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
    Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
    Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
    Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
    Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
    Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround

    Subtitles: English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish
    Number of chapters: 33

    #Audio commentary
    #Actionable intelligence:Deconstructing Body of lies - Focus points (HD - 85 minutes)
    #Interactive briefing - Interview gallery (HD - 19 minutes)
    #5 deleted scenes including an alternate ending (HD - 15 minutes)
    #BD-Live
    #DVD Digital Copy...more info