Body of Lies (2008) – 5/10 comedy beard Middle East espionage thriller movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Ridley Scott
Writer (Screenplay): William Monahan
Producer: Ridley Scott
Producer: Donald de Line
Writer (Original Novel): David Ignatius
Leonardo Di Caprio: Roger Ferris
Russell Crowe: Ed Hoffman
Mark Strong: Hani
Golshifteh Farahani: Aisha
Oscar Isaac: Bassam
Alon Aboutboul: Al-Saleem
Simon McBurney: Garland

Body of Lies (2008)

CIA operative Roger Ferris is working in the Middle East under the direction of Ed Hoffman but finds his job complicated by Hoffman’s side operations, Hoffman disrupting delicate local espionage etiquette and his own ridiculous beard.


Adequate espionage thriller that doesn’t quite hold the attention. The story contains an interesting but paradoxical and, therefore, completely unsuccessful CIA plan to capture an international terrorist by setting up an unknowing architect as a terrorist to blow up an American target and hope that the real contacts the fake. The fake who doesn’t know anything about it. Right. That said, there have apparently been similarly idiotic espionage plans established on an insane blend of optimism and delusion but the movie plot never comes across as such or as a good idea. Looking at our stars they both are good. Crowe seems effortlessly charismatic despite nattering into a hands-free kit for most of the movie and Leonardo Di Caprio confirms the theory that perhaps the truest indicator of an actor’s greatness is how stupid a beard (or haircut) he can carry off. After a knee-jerk reaction to first clearly seeing his comedy chin furniture (about eight minutes in, brace yourself), with the next scene he pulls you back into the character and film.

This movie contains sexual swear words and strong violence, gory graphic gun violence, gory and extremely unpleasant scenes.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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