Body of Lies (2008) Blu-ray Review

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Fiction normally mirrors the truth, and nothing is a truer testament to this statement than the latest political/action thriller from Riddley Scott and Warner Bros, Body of Lies.

When CIA operative Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) uncovers the presence of a potential terrorist leader operating out of Jordan, he enlists the aid of CIA veteran, Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe).  However Ferris soon learns of a web of deceit that reaches far and wide, forcing him to question everything and everyone with whom he had placed his trust.

While most political action films take either a stance of having too much drama or too much over-the-top action, Body of Lies does a great job balancing both – by displaying the culture differences in the middle east and how the United States tries to operate in that part of the world.

Leonardo DiCaprio is simply at the top of his game.   He simply embodies Roger Ferris, an American CIA operative, who is trying to hunt for terrorists, while trying to respect the cultural differences of the region.  Ever since Romeo and Juliet, DiCaprio has demonstrated he is a bright star that will not die out for a long time to come.

The only flaw I found with the film is the other major star, Russell Crowe.  As a person you either love him or hate him; I tend to be neutral on this matter.  However, the character of Ed Hoffman simply didn’t add too much to the story.   However, it is not apparent if this is caused by the writers, Riddley Scott, or Crowe himself.

Body of Lies is encoded with a 1080p/VC-1 transfer that is simply amazing.  The colors are very crisp and the blacks are perfect.  The only thing better than the encoding of the Blu-ray is the Lossless Dolby Digital Surround Sounds that whisk you away to the Middle East.

The Body of Lies Blu-ray is full of special features to make the most out of your purchase. Special features include the now standard digital copy of the film, Deleted Scenes, Actionable Intelligence: Deconstructing Body of Lies (Pre-selected top scenes from the film), BD-Live and much more!

All-in-all, body of lies is a very entertaining film with a refreshing take on the conflicts in the Middle East.  If you are in the mood for a series political thriller that throws in some action, then Body of Lies is definitely the right choice for you.
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MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 128 minutes
Distributed By: Warner Bros.

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