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237. Body of Lies

Published June 10, 2012

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: **25

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