Posted by the editors on Thursday, 5 January 2012
Body of Lies (2008) Directed by Ridley Scott ( Blade Runner (1982), Thelma & Louise (1991), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), and American Gangster (2007)), starring Leonardo DiCaprio (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), The Aviator (2004), Blood Diamond (2006), Shutter Island (2010) and many others) and Russell Crowe (The Insider (1999), A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Next Three Days (2010)) with Mark Strong (Syriana (2005), Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)), written by William Monahan, based on the novel of the same name by David Ignatius. In this spy thriller, set in the Middle East and the war against terrorism, DiCaprio portrays Roger Ferris, a scraggly bearded, Arabic-speaking and rather naive CIA field operative, as best he can; Russel Crowe is his overweight, out-of-touch-yet-convinced-of the-righteousness-of-his-actions, suburban Washington D.C. boss, in charge of Middle East operations. Body of Lies is replete with terrorist bombings, spy plane footage of deserts and colorful, dangerous Middle Eastern marketplaces and a plot that has far too many weak points. Ridley Scott’s directing seems old, and though high in cinematic technicity, is not enough, even with DiCaprio and Crowe, to cover over the weaknesses. Mark Strong, however, as head of the Jordanian intelligence service, is really very good: sharp, smart, suave and even amusing. See Body of Lies for its film technique, but don’t expect much of an intelligent look at a complex situation. Stephen Gaghan‘s Syriana starring George Clooney and Matt Damon is a better choice. (PR)
See our posts on the film Syriana, and on The Next Three Days and State of Play, starring Russell Crowe and on the film American Gangster, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington.
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Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Traffic (2000) Directed by Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich (2000), Solaris (2002), The Informant! (2009) and many others), starring Benicio del Toro, Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dennis Quaid, and others. Traffic, a multi-Oscar-winning crime drama about the drug trade in Mexico and the U.S. in which multiple interconnected story lines are woven together is a tension-filled tour de force characterised by the excellent directing of Soderbergh, some excellent writing, by Stephen Gaghan, and superb, understated acting on the part of Benicio del Toro. The four stories which make up the film consist of 1)in Tijuana, Mexico, the struggle between the corrupt army, the federal police and two important drug cartels, in which del Toro excels; 2)in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, the story of a newly-nominated U.S. “Drug Czar” with a 16-year old addict daughter; 3)in San Diego, California, the efforts of the DEA (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration) to arrest and prosecute a major drug trafficker and protect a key witness in his drug trial and, 4)also in San Diego, the efforts on the part of the wife of the arrested trafficker to maintain their business. The ensemble of the cast is really quite good: Michael Douglas and Amy Irving in the Washington “Drug Czar” story-line; Don Cheadle and Luis Guzmán in the DEA story-line; Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid in the San Diego drug trafficker story-line, and, of course Benicio del Toro in the Mexican story-line. Soderbergh not only directed the film, but also shot it, with distinctive color-based atmospheres for each story-line. The end result is an excellent, unsentimental drama, full of tension, that is a must-see. (PR)
Traffic won the following Academy Awards: Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (del Toro), Best Film Editing (Stephen Mirrione), and Best Adapted Screenplay; it was also nominated for Best Picture, but lost to Gladiator, by Ridley Scott. Traffic, and Benicio del Toro won numerous other awards, as well.
See our posts on the films Syriana, The Informant! and Solaris, directed by Steven Soderbergh, and also the films, The Pledge, with Benicio del Toro, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and The Game, starring Michael Douglas, and Vantage Point, starring Dennis Quaid.
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Posted by the editors on Monday, 28 November 2011
Syriana (2005) (DVD) Written and directed by Stephen Gaghan (as writer, Traffic (2000), Rules of Engagement (2000), The Alamo (2004), starring George Clooney (O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Michael Clayton (2007), Up in the Air (2009), The Ides of March (2011) and many others), Matt Damon (The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Departed (2006), The Informant! (2009), Invictus (2009), True Grit (2010) and many other films), Jeffrey Wright (W. (2008), Quantum of Solace (2008), The Ides of March (2011)) in an ensemble cast including Chris Cooper, Amanda Peet, William Hurt, Christopher Plummer and others. An astounding, excellent and truly contemporary global petro-political thriller, Syriana, through multiple parallel story lines and diverse locations, is a thought-provoking, and thoroughly emotionally and intellectually engaging look at devious and dangerous international big oil, mixing politics, terrorism, business, assassination, profit and spies. The acting is very good (Clooney won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as CIA agent Bob Barnes), and Gaghan’s writing and directing are sharp and extremely effective. Complex and hypnotic, Syriana is a must-see thriller. (PR)
See our posts on Solaris, starring George Clooney, and The Informant! and Invictus, starring Matt Damon.
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