Friday, 31 October 2008
Body of Lies 
Ridley Scott’s latest outing after American Gangster, Body of Lies is a Hollywood blockbuster in the truest sense insofar as its connotation goes – it is entertaining, it has the ability to keep the viewers hooked onto the movie and the popcorn baskets in their hands in equal measures, it is more interested with the broader picture than the subtleties or nuances, and it is completely bound by the confines of the genre of spy thrillers. Leonardo Di Caprio, as an arrogant yet sensitive CIA field-man, based in the hostile and unforgiving terrain of the Middle-East (a favourite place for spy thrillers these days), is extremely effective (and at times brilliant) as he usually always is; Russel Crowe, as an obese, cocky bureaucrat, who “knows the worth of everything, but the value of nothing” is also his impressive self. The camera work and post production values are top-notch and clinical, but largely assembly-line driven. The editing is crisp, thus giving the movie a taut, tension-filled atmosphere. This is one of those movie which will never adorn your mantelpiece, but is an engaging watch nonetheless.
Director: Ridley Scott
Genre: Thriller/Spy Thriller/Espionage