Body of Lies
is a 2008 American spy film directed by Ridley Scott
. Set in the Middle East, it follows the attempts of the CIA and Jordanian Intelligence to catch al-Saleem, a fictional jihadist terrorist. Frustrated by his elusiveness, differences in their approaches show and strain relations between a CIA operative, Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio
), his superior Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe
) and the head of Jordanian Intelligence, Hani Pacha
). The CIA orchestrate a staged bombing in Turkey, making it seem to be the work of a previously unknown terrorist, betting that al-Saleem's pride will encourage him to make contact with those responsible.
This movie provides examples of:
- Badass Boast: Hani: "In matters of intelligence, Edward, you are speaking to the king."
- Blatant Lies: Ferris tells a man that he is not being let out into the public to see who shoots him, even though that is exactly what the plan is and they both know it. Also a large part of the film, as the title says, and Hani clearly states, "Never lie to me!" while expecting the CIA to do exactly that to him.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Karami.
- Defector from Decadence: Ferris.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: It takes a bit of work for Ferris to hook up with Aisha, to say the least.
- Fingore: Ferris at the hands of Al-Saleem. He smashes two of Ferris' fingers with a hammer to a bloody pulp, and apparently, he loses them by the end of the movie.
- Gambit Pileup
- Hospital Hottie: Aisha.
- I Know You Know I Know: The main plot of the movie is about who's lying to whom, and who knows who's lying to whom.
- Kudzu Plot: You spend more than half the movie trying to figure out who's trying to set up who, while trying not to be outwitted by the other parties.
- Manipulative Bastard: Hoffman.
- The Plan: Hani Pasha's modus operandi
- Reverse Mole: Karami.
- Rock Beats Laser: No matter how powerful your drones are, they can't see through a man-made cloud of dust.note
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Hani Salaam looks as if he stepped right off the cover of a GQ magazine.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Ferris himself.
- Smug Snake: Hoffman. It must be noted that half the things that don't work in the movie were due to his own arrogance in the first place.
- Spy Satellites: The drones.
- Terms of Endangerment: Hani Pasha.
- The War on Terror: The movie starts in Iraq, and the majority of it is focused on hunting a terrorist.
- Unwitting Pawn: Sadiki, Hoffman and Ferris.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Hoffman to Sadiki; Hoffman to Ferris.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Ferris calls out Hoffman several times on the fact that his interference with Ferris' own intelligence operations continually set them both back. This is aggravated because Hoffman normally runs things on the phone while safe and sound, with his family, whereas Ferris works on the ground in Jordan.