Body of Lies

by DeAnn Welker October 6, 2008 11:55 am
Body of Lies So, Body of Lies is that movie that stars DiCaprio! And Crowe! You might have heard about it. Or read about it. Or seen a trailer. At this point, it would have been almost impossible to have avoided it. I guess this is what happens when you put two superstars in a movie together and open it on a week when there isn't much else of note at movie theaters. Oh, and also? Russell Crowe gained lots of weight for this role. He is such a good actor that he managed to get fatter, something that pretty much every person in this country does as he or she gets older and their metabolism slows down. So good for you, Russell. (Leonardo DiCaprio, on the other hand, does not seem to have gained any weight for the role. Just FYI.)

What most people don't realize about this movie is that it's a complicated story about our current political situation in the Middle East. That might turn a few people away (see The Kingdom, In the Valley of Elah, etc.) But it's based on a novel, and is therefore a fiction spy movie rather than a straight-up nonfiction look at what's going on over there. If that, plus the timing (everyone is thinking politically, thanks to the election) and the big stars can't make this movie a hit, it might be a sign to Hollywood that audiences want to escape from the dreary world of the politics of war when they go to the movies.

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