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Swanner: Leonardo DiCaprio plays a CIA operative working in the Middle East and Russell Crowe plays his US government contact. The storyline follows DiCaprio’s character, Roger Farris, who is trying to find a terrorist that’s creating havoc across the European continent on his way to America. The movie is based on Washington Post columnist David Ignatius’s 2007 novel with Ridley Scott directing.
Judd: Yes folks, another terrorist movie. What Tom didn’t mention in his brief summary is that the spin on this one is that DiCaprio is a field agent trying to use local contacts and diplomacy to capture the terrorist while a fat and bloated Russell Crowe is your stereotypical American agent fighting terrorist by using a computer and a satellite. Was it good? I would say it was as good as a terrorist movie can be.
Swanner: He was fat, wasn’t he. I saw him on an interview and he deliberately put on the weight for the movie. I was hoping it would help reduce the size of the mole on his forehead but I swear it just made it bigger. As you know, I hate all these terrorist movies. It always feels like a how to manual for the bad guys. I also think it’s too early to be making these kind of films. You make terrorism films when the terrorist have been caught and I can go to the mall again and not worry. It’s a well made movie…after all it’s a Ridley Scott film but I don’t like these kinds of movies and I really don’t want to see people being blown up at the market.
Judd: Oh please, a “how to manual”? I hate terrorist movies because I’m tired of seeing the same enemy over and over again. I know I would feel the same about the Russians if it was 1988 and not 2008. But at least in 1988 the enemy was sophisticated, and nuclear war was a threat. Now you get a brown person (nationality doesn’t matter) to strap some flares to his chest and scream “Allahu Akbar!” and you’ve got a terrorist movie. It’s boring and they all blend together. The only thing good I have to say about modern day warfare movies is that the enemy is a lot better looking. I’ll take Alaa Oumouzoune over Dolph Lundgren any day.
Swanner: Yes, it was another adorable cast…with no shower scene. I just hate these movies. The acting is good and the direction is top notch but it’s still about terrorist. It’s too soon for me. It took 20 years to start making Vietnam movies that were successful…that’s why all these terrorist movies are falling flat.
Judd: We only saw this movie a couple days ago, and I can barely remember it. The only thing that is really stuck in my mind are Russell Crowe’s moobs. If in a week from now someone were to ask me what this movie was about I won’t be able remember. Although there was that part where the terrorists are strapping DiCaprio down on a table, and his pants are coming down and you can see his Adonis lines—that was hot. I’ll have that image ingrained in my head for awhile.
Swanner: I didn’t even notice that. The one thing that sticks in my mind…beside Crowe’s moobs was DiCaprio’s ridiculous love interest. I know they use her later in the film as a pawn but chop that 25 minutes from the movie and you had a much better film even if it was about terrorists. Over all for me it was a really well made film about things I don’t want to see. Granted I’m not the target audience but my dollars spends like everyone else’s.
Judd: See, I already forgot about her. Talk about a pointless character. I agree with you, the movie was very well made, but poorly scripted, and too long. But I said at the beginning of the review that Body of Lies is about as good as a terrorist movie can be, and that sets the bar pretty low.
Swanner: 2 1/2 Stars
Judd: 2 Stars