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Issue: Autumn, 2009

Body of Lies movie review

Our world, as we know it, is a lot simpler to put to an end than you might think.

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People get tired of a moment's silence at a ballgame, they just want it to be over.

Body of Lies is a dark film on a dark subject. Men act without conscience claiming they are on the side of the "angels". Amusing really, since no-one has seen them. This film, of course, is not amusing.

Movie poster, Body of Lies; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Body of Lies; Festivale film review

Trust no one. Deceive everyone.

Roger Ferris (di Caprio) opens the film on the line with his boss back home (Russell Crowe). A quick interrogation and a promise are rapidly followed by a bullet in the brain and a promotion. Getting the job done and getting ahead are everything to these men who have shrugged off the concept of a moral compass.

In a modern-day espionage story, there is no Audrey Hepburn in designer dresses and smooth suave Cary Grant, but instead drab clothes and dark deeds, lots of pyrotechnics and dead bodies.

A man is not his job.

But he is what is does in the name of it.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 9 Oct 2008
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Title: Body of Lies (2008)
Written by: William Monahan (scr); David Ignatius (novel)
Directed by: Ridley Scott
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The Players: Leonardo Di Caprio; Russell Crowe, Vince Colosimo

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