Body of Lies
starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani, Ali Suliman and Alon Abutbul
screenplay by William Monahan
directed by Ridley Scott
Based on the novel by David Ignatius Leonardo DiCaprio plays an Arabic-speaking CIA agent working in Iraqand Syria. He’s really good at it, too. I was impressed - and it takes a lot for Leonardo DiCaprio to impress me. Russell Crowe is DiCapiro’s handler back in Langely, Va.He’s a real bastard of a character, a pumped up with Yankee patriot and a barbarically pragmatic manipulator living the easy life in America while his agent lives undercover in the Middle East. I think it’s designed to make you hate the CIA, if you don’t already. It’s dramatic and tense. It has thrills and hair-raising action. It has conspiracy and betrayal, love, loyalty, divorce, cynical careerism, and reconciliation. I thought it was pretty good. A thrillingly human drama.