The first trailer for Ridley Scott’s “Body of Lies” was good, but it didn’t really give us a sense of the film’s overall premise — that is, DiCaprio’s CIA agent Roger Ferris being sent to the Middle East to ferry out some bad guy terrorists. That part of the film is now clearer; plus, we “get” that Russell Crowe’s CIA handler character is a bit of an asshole (okay, he’s a pretty BIG asshole), willing to do anything to get the job done, even at the cost of Ferris’ life. Or at least that’s what the second trailer makes you think. This thing looks good, if just for Crowe’s seemingly wacky performance as a suit without an iota of the realities of the war he’s trying to manipulate.
Based on Washington Post columnist David Ignatius’ 2007 novel about a CIA operative, Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio), who uncovers a lead on a major terrorist leader suspected to be operating out of Jordan. When Ferris devises a plan to infiltrate his network, he must first win the backing of cunning CIA veteran Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe) and the collegial, but perhaps suspect, head of Jordanian intelligence. Although ostensibly his allies, Ferris questions how far he can really trust these men without putting his entire operation – and his life – on the line.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Carice van Houten, Oscar Isaac, Vince Colosimo, and Michael Gaston. Ridley Scott (“Gladiator”) directs.
Crowe feeds DiCaprio to the lions October 10.