I recently watched Body of Lies. At a high level, it’s a movie about an increasingly jaded CIA agent in the Middle East (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his jerk of a handler back in the US (Russell Crowe).
The production quality overall was great – there was some excellent use of real Middle Eastern locations and people. The acting was good, especially DiCaprio. And the plot overall was fairly interesting, as contorted spy stories go.
So all in all sounds good – but I didn’t like the movie. And not in the “this is a hard movie to watch, but worth watching anyway” way, but in the “meh, whatever” way. Why? Because the story never made me care what happened to the lead characters. Sure, it was vaguely interesting to see what would happen next, but I didn’t have any investment in the protagonist making it through.
So, yeah, meh. I give it a 6/10. It’s worth watching if you’re interested in spy stuff and how they operate in the Middle East, otherwise you’re not really missing much.