DVD: Body of Lies (15)

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As one has come to expect from big gunner Ridley Scott, the stars are wheeled out in force for this spy thriller splitting its time between the US and Morocco (billed as Jordan and Iraq).

Russell Crowe is the grizzled CIA boss to Leonardo DiCaprio's younger agent as the pair attempt to take on the terrorists, become embroiled in a complex series of intrigues that at best leave the viewer confused, at worst giving them a simplistic take on a fantastically complicated subject which demands proper consideration. One highlight is British actor Mark Strong's performance as Hani Pasha, head of the Jordanian Intelligence Directorate. Extras here include a not-to-be-sniffed at commentary from Scott and key scenes explored in depth by the production team.