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Film Fans: 'Body of Lies' is political thriller worth watching

EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans runs in the Friday Weekend section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. It features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Body of Lies." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Three stars out of four

"Body of Lies" directed by Ridley Scott is not only a good thriller and provides amazing aerial shots and locations in the Middle East but also gives the audience the deep intricate dialogue it needs to follow the movie. This proves it's not your typical CIA vs. terrorist organization film. Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe star as CIA agents engrossed in a plan to capture a leader in a terrorist group. Friends are created, an organization is faked and trust is loosely respected. It presents itself as a serious movie but there are funny bits to break the tone. So go see the movie!

- LaToya Rogers

Duluth

Three stars out of four

Slow spy thriller of a reverse Jihad. Leonardo DiCaprio's role reminded me of "Catch Me If You Can" (2002) with the slight disturbing fact that he now speaks Arabic. Russell Crowe was the uber bureaucrat/godfather with keen political savvy-ness (call it back-knifing control if you like). The movie is a portrait of the current Middle East with a window into Internet warfare operations run from a cabin in Bethesda, Md. Enjoy the HD-like images from a predator drone which will make you worry about eye on the sky and the 1984-esque big brother-ism of it all. Wait for DVD release.

- Alfred Richner

Duluth

Three stars out of four

This film is an intense thriller that chronicles the Middle East conflicts. It depicts the human tragedies and inherent mistrusts that ensue. The movie features Leonardo DiCaprio as an intelligence operative whose wits and guts allow him to enter a terrorist cell. His boss, a pathetic Washington leech played ably by Russell Crowe, is a constant source of frustration as his lies, selfish actions and back stabbings put many people at risk. The movie does a good job of showing the audience the graphic details of such engagements and somehow interjects several quite amusing situations along the way. While the movie jumps too much, and is extremely difficult to follow, it engages you all the way to the end. Plus DiCaprio could be eligible for an Academy Award for his brilliant performance. Something to see, but pay close attention or you're gone in a flash.

- Rick Wright

Auburn