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Body of Lies

Published June 10, 2012

Body of Lies

Film info

  • Title Body of Lies
  • Director Ridley Scott
  • Year 2008
  • Run time 2hrs 8m
  • Genres Action, Thriller, Drama
  • Tagline Trust no one, deceive everyone

Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the best man U.S. Intelligence has on the ground, in places where human life is worth no more than the information it can get you. In operations that take him around the globe, Ferris' next breath often depends on the voice at the other end of a secure phone line--CIA veteran Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe). Strategizing from a laptop in the suburbs, Hoffman is on the trail of an emerging terrorist leader who has orchestrated a campaign of bombings while eluding the most sophisticated intelligence network in the world. To lure the terrorist out into the open, Ferris will have to penetrate his murky world, but the closer Ferris gets to the target, the more he discovers that trust is both a dangerous commodity and the only one that will get him out alive.

Fast Facts

Title: Body of Lies Director: Ridley Scott Year: 2008 Run time: 2hrs 8

Background Info

We haven’t found time to watch a film for ages, despite lots of good things coming out on iTunes, and the fact I subscribed to LoveFilm to see what was on there. Given all the options, I don’t know why we opted to watch this one, only it seemed to be promoted on iTunes. The trailer looked okay, but I already knew I was going to need some help following it.

Live Blog

0:56 - The problem with the text saying where in the world we are, is that it ruins Mr C’s city guessing game. 3:55 - Leonardo with an epic beard. 10:48 - Was that a satellite? Can you see them glinting like that? 16:02 - Not sure you can veer from a threat of execution to saying you are friends in adjacent sentences. 22:11 - Seems these are a pair that leave destruction in their wake. 22:59 - Can’t see one of them rocket launcher things without thinking of Back to the Future. 29:56 - “What I need you to do is leave this office and hand over your entire staff to me.” 34:14 - I bet he has to lie to him later. 37:19 - I await the “no animals were harmed” message in the credits. 40:21 - The Russell Crowe guy is good at multi-tasking - speaks on the phone AND looks after his kids. 46:12 - How do they have such amazing mobile phone coverage everywhere they go? No fair! 51:35 - “Real intelligence operations remain secret forever.” 55:34 - I approve of the number of donkeys in this film. 1:05:22 - Hehehe, tipping him over in the chair. 1:08;24 - I want a ninja working for me. 1:10:01 - That was a really bad edit, like we were cutting to adverts or something. 1:16:05 - “We are not watching you, we are watching out for you.” 1:28:05 - At this point, I am very confused. A good 90 minutes though! 1:37:57 - Wouldn’t they expect him to run straight to her though? Seems like a trap if ever I saw one. 1:40:09 - I knew it! The lying situation has arrived. 1:45:42 - Giving directions in the desert must be hard. There are no features to navigate by. 1:57:30 - The Hani guy is my favourite.

Conclusions

It looked very stylish and had all the makings of a good spy film, but I just didn’t get it. I thought I was following okay, but about halfway through things started to unravel and then I lost the plot completely. It had some great conversations when things were a little more relaxed - Leo and the two boys talking about the food, and some of the amusing moments with Ed and Roger - but they were lonely bright spots in a really heavy going movie.

Also, that terrible edit really threw us out of the moment.

**Rating: **2/5

Rating: 2 / 5

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