Body of Lies
has a story line about the infiltration of a terrorist cell that
ends at the movie's midpoint, then embarks on what amounts to
a new movie about "Ferris," played by Leonardo DiCaprio,
and his own mission to draw out a terrorist mastermind by inventing
a rival gang of thugs.
This shell game of deception among Ferris,
Hoffman, and the Jordanian chief is hard to follow in detail
but easy to predict the outcome.
In relative terms, Body of Lies
is good CIA up-to-date entertainment.
It's a serious look at the war on terrorism
as a CIA agent and his handler lock horns on operational procedures.
You can tell it's serious, Leonardo DiCaprio
is sporting facial hair and Russell Crowe gained weight for the
The film is lush on location and disturbing
with its Big Brother overhead drone footage, but it's just another
movie showing the mechanics of futility, and -- in the end --
just another spy film with no pay off.
I was disappointed in the movie Body
of Lies, a shady tale about CIA double and triple crosses
in the war on terror in the Middle East.
The picture is arranged as a series of
discredited missions with the CIA chasing a high-ranking terrorist.
The overall look of this film is muddled
and jumbled, in my view, and the thing it lacks is a story that
makes it feel personal.