Body of Lies begins with a CIA agent who decides to return to work in Jordan. Once miraculously surviving an explosion, hunting down a dangerous terrorist, they found new leads to follow.
In his journey is constantly supervised by his boss, an indifferent agent who deals with his work chiefly by telephone without ever going into the field.
Forced by acts of terror, they will have to agree with the Jordanian secret services to monitor a new terrorist cell’s possible nest.
Under those circumstances, the man sets up a trap to find the culprits, luring them to an innocent man upon whom they build false evidence.
A risky move that will end up putting himself in danger, becoming the number one target of terrorists, together with a Jordanian nurse he falls in love.
Excellent spy story where the useful technology of drones, computers, and smartphones must surrender in the face of the human weakness of lies and conspiracies.
Leonardo DiCaprio is a really great protagonist. Immersed in the culture of the places where he investigates, respecting their history and local characters.
A man sometimes doubts his work’s morality, nevertheless determined to catch his culprits at any cost. Unfortunately, maneuvered by his boss lies, he will have to pay for every mistake in his place.
Russell Crowe as his boss, it’s just the opposite. Cynical and separated from the men he works with, living only indirect relationships without any human contact with his colleagues.
Mark Strong plays his counterpart as the Jordanian intelligence chief, halfway between the two-man above. Cynical and ruthless with his resources but still full of respect for the DiCaprio character’s humanity.
Ridley Scott directs one of his perhaps lesser-known films, despite the highly respected stars in the cast.
An excellent espionage movie, dealing with still current issues such as terrorist acts. An intriguing story smart in comparing the two worlds of terrorists and intelligence.
The exploitation of ignorance to recruit new faithful explosive martyrs to the cause by one side. The exploitation of the Homeland Security excuse to cover up every agent’s nefariousness on the other.