Body of Lies
Directed by Ridley Scott


An A-list Hollywood lineup fights the war on terror.

Body of Lies has all the pieces for a compelling political thriller, said Christy Lemire in the Associated Press. Ridley Scott directs, Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe lead the cast, and William Monahan, who earned an Oscar for The Departed, wrote the script. The all-star team weaves a complex tale about a CIA operative and his supervisor on the trail of a Middle Eastern terrorist leader. While Body of Lies may be the “most worthwhile and least preachy” of recent films about the war on terror, it still feels warmed-over. There’s no denying its likeness to such recent films as The Kingdom or Vantage Point, said David Denby in The New Yorker. But those films weren’t made by Scott, who possesses a “greater command of space and a more explicit way with violence” than most action-film directors. His “smart and tightly drawn” film provides intrigue and explosions but also raises moral questions. Yet his treatment of them is “unconvincing and conventional,” said Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times. Body of Lies is a “crisp and watchable” thriller—nothing more.