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Teen Critic Has Mixed Reaction to Body of Lies

Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio in Ridley Scott's Body of Lies (Warner Brothers)

By Janeane White

Body of Lies (opened on October 10 throughout San Diego) is a spy movie involving terrorists. These terrorists want to bomb America and Europe to get back at them for all the blood they had shed in the past. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the undercover agent living throughout the Middle East trying to catch an international bad guy. DiCaprio has come a long way in his career since his role as a mentally challenged boy in the film What's Eating Gilbert Grape? I think he did an excellent job in this movie.

I personally was not thrilled with this movie. I thought it could have been better. The scenes jump around too much as do the locations. I kept getting confused because too much was happening at once. I think that people who enjoy movies where you have to think and really pay attention to every detail will be able to understand and maybe like this movie. It's the type of movie to sit at home and watch where you can pause and rewind on parts you don't understand.


Body of Lies (rated R for strong violence including some torture, and for language throughout) had explosions and fighting, chase scenes and good acting. There are even a few torture scenes to enjoy if you're into that kind of thing. Over all I am indecisive about whether or not I liked the movie. It had its good points as well as bad ones. I was excited to watch parts but then I would get confused and lose interest. It depends on the individual person and their interest whether or not they should see this movie.

--Janeane White is a senior at Mount Miguel High School. She enjoys movies and spends all her time at the theater. She is also interested in special effects makeup done in the movies.She is an honors student and is currently working towards early graduation. Some of her favorite movies include Queen of the Damed, Hellboy, The Descent, the Underworld series, and the Saw series.