Russell Crowe packed on the pounds to play a CIA agent in Body of Lies.
BODY OF LIES directed by Ridley Scott, written by William Monahan from the novel by David Ignatius, with Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Strong. A Warner Bros release. 138 minutes. Opens Friday (October 10). For venues and times, see Movies.
Teaming Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio as combative CIA agents tracking al Qaeda terrorists under the whiz-bang direction of Ridley Scott should result in plenty of fireworks.
Certainly a lot of det cord is unspooled in the service of setting up a handful of intense action scenes with swooping attack helicopters and rocket-propelled grenades. If the CIA had Scott's way with technology and ordnance, the war on terror would've ended years ago.
While it's a fun ride, it's more like a few sticks of dynamite than the megaton crater-maker it could be. The movie fizzles instead of pops in the scenes between Crowe's stateside boss and DiCaprio's field agent, who's usually on the other end of a cellphone halfway around the world. The whole thing feels an awful lot like the Redford-Pitt pairing Spy Game, by Scott's brother Tony, especially when DiCaprio's love interest gets him captured and needing to be rescued.