Body of Lies

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Product Overview

Roger ferris uncovers a lead on a major terrorist leader suspected to be operating out of jordan.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 210516661
UPC 085391189947
UPC 14 00085391189947
Format DVD
Release Date 2/17/2009
Rating Rating
Keywords
Based On A Novel
CIA
Political
Terrorism
Terrorists
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note Leonardo DiCaprio fights terrorists for the CIA in this rapid-fire thriller from director Ridley Scott (GLADIATOR, BLACK HAWK DOWN). While Roger Ferris (DiCaprio) gets his hands dirty on the teeming Arab streets, his handler Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe) watches from Washington via spy satellite, cheerfully giving bull-in-a-china-shop style orders while picking up his kids from school. Innocent lives are lost, buildings blow up, and the threat of winding up beheaded on the internet is always one move away. LIES is decked out from front to back with fascinating bits of Arabic and espionage minutiae as it races along its wild mission to track down an elusive terrorist sect leader. Crowe has fun in his portly Southern-accented INSIDER mode, while DiCaprio does his usual anguished moral suffering over the fate of individuals (To Crowe's Hoffman, it's all just part of war and nobody's innocent). As the suave head of Jordanian intelligence, Mark Strong gives a scene-stealing, cobra-like performance that clashes beautifully with Crowe's "ugly American" bullying. The beautiful Golshifteh Farahani plays the obligatory love interest, the nurse who treats Ferris's regularly occurring battle and torture wounds. When most action heroes are completely healed within minutes of every fight, it's refreshing--in a grisly sort of way--to see how Ferris's wounds bruises pile up. The solid, punchy script is by William Monahan (THE DEPARTED) from the David Ignatius novel.
Reviews
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "[BODY OF LIES] has the gritty feel of something observed firsthand. And the crafty script by DEPARTED Oscar winner William Monahan stays coiled and ready to spring." 10/16/2008 p.82
USA Today "BODY OF LIES is a tautly paced, well-acted espionage thriller with the requisite explosions and action sequences....[With] powerful performances by Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Strong and Russell Crowe..." 10/12/2008
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "With every minute that passes in Ridley Scott's talky political thriller, DiCaprio swells to fit the role, forced to bring his A-game by two heavyweight co-stars." 12/01/2008 p.50
Premiere 3 stars out of 4 -- "DiCaprio and Crowe are as solid as ever, but the cast standout is Mark Strong....[The plot] is fast and interesting enough to keep you thoroughly engaged." 02/17/2009
Entertainment Weekly "[A] cat-and-mouse CIA thriller....Scott pulls off some tense action sequences..." 02/20/2009
Directors
Ridley Scott
Actors
Leonardo DiCaprio
Russell Crowe
Cast & Crew
Leonardo DiCaprio - Star
Goldshifteh Faharani - Star
Simon McBurney - Star
Russell Crowe - Star
Mark Strong - Star
Oscar Isaac - Star
Michael Costigan - Executive Producer
Donald DeLine - Producer
William Monahan - Screenwriter
David Ignatius - Source Writer
Marc Streitenfeld - Composer
Alexander Witt - Director of Photography
Charles J. D. Schlissel - Executive Producer
Ridley Scott - Producer
Ridley Scott - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 1000027424
UPC 00085391189947
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review If you take a step back from the realistic locations and terse dialogue, Ridley Scott's "Body of Lies" is a James Bond plot inserted into today's headlines. The film wants to be persuasive in its expertise about modern spycraft, terrorism, the CIA and Middle East politics. But its hero is a lone ranger who operates in three countries, single-handedly creates a fictitious terrorist organization, and survives explosions, gunfights, and brutal torture. Oh, and he falls in love with a local beauty. And of course he speaks Arabic well enough to pass for a local...The acting is convincing. DiCaprio makes Ferris almost believable in the midst of absurdities; the screenplay by William Monahan, based on the novel by David Ignatius, portrays him as a man who grows to reject the Iraq war and the role of the CIA in it. Crowe, who gained 50 pounds for his part (always dangerous for a beer drinker), is a remorselessly logical CIA operative. I particularly admired the work of Mark Strong as the suave Jordanian intelligence chief, who likes little cigars, shady nightclubs and pretty women, but is absolutely in command of his job...The bottom line: "Body of Lies" contains enough you can believe, or almost believe, that you wish so much of it weren't sensationally implausible. No one man can withstand such physical ordeals as Ferris undergoes in this film, and I didn't even mention the attack by a pack of possibly rabid dogs. Increasing numbers of thrillers seem to center on heroes who are masochists surrounded by sadists, and I'm growing weary of the horror! Oh, the horror!
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review No matter the degrees of talent, filmmakers will always have difficulty overcoming a flawed script, and William Monahan's Body of Lies screenplay is broken beyond the point of repair. A bewildering mishmash of double-crosses, cover-ups, and cliches, Monahan's treatment unfortunately undermines some terrific performances and a solid effort by director Ridley Scott...Monahan has penned a land mine of confusion that blows this thriller to smithereens. Allies shift, rules constantly change, covers are blown, and safe houses are exposed. DiCaprio barks at Crowe for "interfering" in his mission, though we're often unclear what the mission was, how Crowe disrupted it, or even why he prevented Leo from accomplishing said goal. The only truthful thing I can tell you is that I never understood exactly what was happening, to whom it was happening, or even why...At least some came here to play. Lies features great work by director of photography Alexander Witt (American Gangster, Casino Royale), who peers through surveillance cameras and climbs to satellite-level heights to scan the arid deserts of Jordan (really Morocco). DiCaprio and Crowe are excellent, though each do completely different things for the good of the film. It's a beautiful sight seeing Crowe pack on pounds and hunch his dominant frame to portray a good-old-boy bureaucrat. Both megastars are upstaged by Strong, however. His Middle Eastern mafioso is silky smooth, intense, intelligent, and deadly. Look for him in an equally intimidating role as part of Guy Ritchie's cracking crime caper RockNRolla.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Sean O'Connell
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
James Berardinelli's ReelViews ...neither panders nor condescends. It involves current events and has a political viewpoint, but it overplays neither.
Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club ...a timely, clear-eyed thriller about the Middle East and the role of the U.S. therein.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun ...DiCaprio brings straight-razor reflexes and rooted emotion to the role of a deceptively rugged CIA man.
Scott Foundas, The Village Voice ...may be the sharpest of all the post-9/11 thrillers--and also the most purely entertaining...
Ty Burr, Boston Globe ...the action is fierce and nonstop - with a brooding undercurrent of unease that aims for the complexities of John le Carre.

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