Body of Lies
BODY OF LIES (18)
D: Ridley Scott
Warner Bros./Scott Free (Ridley Scott & Donald DeLine)
USA 🇺🇸 2008
W: William Monahan [based on the novel by David Ignatius]
DP: Alexander Witt
Ed: Pietro Scalia
Mus: Marc Streitenfeld
PD: Arthur Max
Leonardo DiCaprio (Roger Ferris), Russell Crowe (Ed Hoffman), Mark Strong (Hani Salaam), Golshifteh Farahani (Aisha), Oscar Isaac (Bassam)
A rather heavy-going political thriller with a few similarities to 2005's Syriana (qv).
Leonardo DiCaprio plays a CIA agent undercover in the Middle East, gathering intelligence on an Al-Qaida terrorist network, negotiating and double crossing with both the Jordanian security service and his CIA superior (a very snaky Russell Crowe).
There's quite a lot to take in during the early stages of this movie and there's some well staged action scenes.
Good performances from DiCaprio, Crowe and the rest of the cast, but I wouldn't really list this amongst Ridley Scott's best movies. It's certainly not as memorable as much of his other work.