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BODY OF LIES by Ridley Scott


Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a top CIA-operative in the Middle East who speaks Arabic fluently and is on the trail of a terrorist known as Al Salim. His success is based on trust and mutual respect towards his Arabic co-workers and informers. But Ferris is not much more than a puppet whose strings are pulled by his handler Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe). Hoffman is monitoring every of Ferris’ steps through reconnaissance satellites and is in constant contact with him by cell-phone, whether he is just talking to some politician, sitting in his office or taking care of his kids.

The plot is conventional: CIA-agent Ferris (DiCaprio) is hunting a top terrorist, falls in love with a beautiful local nurse (Golshifteh Farahani) and – while hopping through the Middle-East – sometimes doesn’t know what’s going on, because although his boss (Russel Crowe) is watching him, he doesn’t tell Ferris what’s really going on and which other operations are interfering with Ferris’. That’s a fate DiCaprio’s Ferris shares with the audience – it’s hard to keep track of which operation is going on and why.
Though Body Of Lies tries to be relevant and cutting-edge, the story is less sophisticated than it thinks it is, so we are left with the actors. Russel Crowe is cast perfectly as the scheming bureaucrat with no conscience, and Mark Strong is brilliant as Chief of the Jordanian Intelligence Service. DiCaprio still looks boyish despite the beard he growed for the film (with humble success), but he’s a good enough actor to make us believe this youngling is this super-agent Ferris.

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