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Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. 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. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. Written by
A visual sequence meant to illustrate cross-cultural suspicion by showing German police and Turkish migrant-workers eying each other darkly at a Munich street corner's outdoor tea café was cut. A short clip of the sequence survives, but as a sort of Islamic "anytown", without the German-language street sign or the Munich police car. It appears as an aside In Scene 2 while Hoffman briefs headquarters staff about "men from the future", Americans, being easy to defeat when terrorists use face-to-face meetings and hand-written notes in place of easily-traceable electronic technology. See more »
Most films about the Middle-East are filmed in Morocco. In the Amman, Jordan, scenes of Body of Lies, almost nothing has been done to hide that. The typical street patterns of Casablanca and Rabat are obvious, while Amman has a completely different outlook. See more »
I and the public know what all schoolchildren learn, those to whom evil is done, do evil in return. - W.H. Auden
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V. well-made; everyone from the cast and crew pulled their own weight in Body of Lies.
Director Ridley Scott's genius shines through what could have been another unpalatable, trite topic of the US' relations with the Middle East and terrorism. He expertly unravels the story of CIA operative Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is assigned to flush out an evasive terrorist who is blowing up public places all over the world. Ferris is increasingly frustrated with his boss Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe)'s impatience and double dealings, which more than once puts himself in jeopardy, challenges the trust he is trying to build with Jordanian leader Hani (Mark Strong) and his budding romance with the pretty Palestinian nurse Aisha (Golshifteh Farahani).
DiCaprio just keeps getting better and better as he is now more able to lose himself in a role and successfully shed the pretty. Crowe does well in an understated but dangerously quiet role as a Washington-based puppetmaster. The versatile Italian-Austrian Andy Garcia-lookalike Strong is fantastic as the powerful Hani, while Farahani's face lights up the screen and turns in a memorable performance as well.
The attention to detail in this movie is just awesome; the action sequences are not over the top but satisfactory enough to not lose the main storyline despite the complex thread of subplots. Overall, an engaging, intelligently-made film.
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