Movie Review: Body of Lies

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Synopsis from IMDB> http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758774/synopsis

Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a covert CIA operative working in Jordan searching for terrorists who have been bombing civilian targets. Ferris uncovers information on the Islamic mastermind Al-Saleem (Alon Aboutboul). He devises a plan to infiltrate Al-Saleem’s terrorist network with the help of his boss back in Langley, Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe). Ferris enlists the help of the Chief of Jordanian Intelligence, Hani Salaam (Mark Strong) on this operation, but he doesn’t know how far he can trust him without putting his life in danger. The uneasy alliance leads to a cultural and moral clash between the men.

My Take:

If not for the personal agendas and concerns of the main characters-this would only be another spy thriller. Leonardo diCarpio character would have been as ruthless as with the Jordanian spy chief or his American counterpart at Langley-if not for the fact that his local was killed by the  terrorists and that hsi love interest was kidnapped by the Jordanian secret police-which was made up to look like it was the Al-Qaeda who did it.

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Because of the love-interest/ romantic angle of Leonardo with regards to his Iranian girlfriend-he was willing to be caught and tortured by his captors. It is also the personal knowledge of the Jordanian spy-chief that he was able to trick not only the Americans but also the Al-Qaeda-that he has a spy within their organization.

Sometimes-it is really our personal interest that either lifts us up or bring us down. It will be better really to seperate our professional life from our personal lives. But it is only through this that we become human again.

BTW-this is a “bloody hell” of a movie in terms of action. Its director really knows how to make a movie with such adrenalin rush.

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