Movie Review: Body of Lies


My Rating: 4Stars

This evening I saw the movie Body of Lies at UA Cinema, Time Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

I went into this movie thinking it was going to be a movie along the same line as Spy Game with Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. I came out presently surprised by the execution of what could have been a typical story that had been told over and over again. As always I will not review the plot or any spoilers but describing the plot of the story.

I saw a lot of symbolism in the movie, retelling the Middle East story with a slight anti-West slant. Russell Crowe purposely gain 50 pounds for this movie, so that his character, Ed Hoffman, was more believable as a paper mover. I felt Crowe’s character symbolizes United States and its politics; you can read more about my views on these politics in my recent post, American PrincipalsLeonardo DiCaprio played the lead character, Roger Ferris, whom I feel symbolizes the hidden voices of the West who question the policies of their respective governments. While Mark Strong plays the head of the Jordanian General Intelligence Department, which I feel symbolizes the other side of Middle East, the side who are not openly against the West, in particularly United States.

If you go to see this movie, you will have to be prepare for a lot of dialogue and less than the usual actions from a “spy spoof”. With an opened mind you may get to see a different side of the current events in the Middle East.

Rating Legend:
5Stars Not to be missed
4Stars Wait for the DVD
3Stars Buy from iTunes Store
2Stars Rent it on iTunes
1Stars Waste your time elsewhere

American Principals

Having lived in North America for over 20 years; almost half of my life thus far, with 99% of it during what is often referred to as the most influential period of an individual. Therefore, I am familiar with the “western believes” and “western culture”.

Today New York Times published an article about an “U.S. Study Is Said to Warn of Crisis in Afghanistan“. It is not that I do not believe that these people who conducted the study believe in what they’ve found, but I do believe that some times one cannot impose ones believe onto others.

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