Slick but shallow
Hollywood has given us a stream of movies focused on Islamic
fundamentalist terrorism and "Body Of Lies" has nothing original to say
on the subject, but it is an entertaining enough couple of hours with
cinematography, plot locations, and narrative developments jumping
around at a frenetic pace. This is not vintage work from British
director Ridley Scott (that would be "Alien" and "Gladiator") but it
zips along in the style that he brought to "Black Hawk Down" and
Scott always enjoys working with Russell Crowe and here Crowe plays
cold and callous CIA controller Ed Hoffman in fine style. His apparent
mannequin is agent Roger Ferris, portrayed ably by Leonardo DiCaprio
(although he could have done without the goatee beard), but also
pulling the strings is Jordanian spy master Hani Pasha (the British
Mark Strong). The love interest comes from Iranian actress Golshifteh
Farhani who became the first star from Iran to act in a major Hollywood
production since the Islamic revolution, an act for which she was
banned from leaving her country.
The film is based on a novel by "Washington Post" columnist David
Ignatius and would have benefited from a less messy plot line..
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better than average action thriller on a complex political territory
Making a thriller or action movie set on the background of the Middle
East conflict may be almost as difficult as finding a solution of the
conflict itself. How to avoid taking parts and alienate viewers on one
or the other side of the conflict, how to build a cast and find
locations that look credible, how to bring together characters from
different cultures without hurting to many sensitivities and making too
obvious mistakes, how to give to these characters enough depth so that
they do not look just as stereotypes? Ridley Scott had to deal with
these questions and many other, and the result is one of the better
action films (and certainly not the last) this long conflict generated
The two principal characters in the film - super-spy-with-a-soul Ferris
(DiCaprio) and master-spy-manipulator Hoffman (Crowe) are the pillars
of the film. Connected permanently by a too perfect mobile phone
technology they play mortal war games in the labyrinth of the Middle
East anti-terror wars, Ferris facing permanently death, treachery and
violence, Hoffman from his CIA desk in Virginia or even while driving
his kids to school. The dichotomy between the high-tech world of the
spy agency and the ground reality is part of the message of the film,
which tries and partially succeeds to say more about the moral
differences and the cultural issues that face the complicated dialog
sometimes sliding into confrontation between the American and their
Middle East partners/enemies.
The lesser achievements of the film lie in what surrounds the two
characters. While the film succeeds better than other similar films in
rendering the local details, the atmosphere and the differences between
the different places in the Middle East where the action is set, it
still lacks credibility in building a set of local characters that are
complex enough and interesting enough to be remembered. The more
interesting character of the Jordanian chief of intelligence played by
Mark Strong seems to belong more in a James Bond film than here. All
these make the final part of the film hard to believe and too much
alike many other films we have already seen.
The Middle East conflict is unfortunately here to stay for many years,
and many other films will be made around it. 'Body of Lies' is not bad
as an action film, Ridley Scott is a professional and the result is a
well-paced film that keeps the interest for all the duration of the
screening, yet my feeling is that the more important films on the theme
are yet to come..