‘Body of Lies’ – Gambling With a Return to the Mideast

 

To paraphrase the old Vietnam-era bumper sticker: What if they gave a war movie and nobody came?

That American moviegoers are allergic to matters revolving around Iraq and the war on terror has become a pillar of wisdom. Films like “Rendition” and “Redacted” have floundered at the box office, as have movies only tangentially linked to the conflict (like “The Kite Runner,”set in a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan). The one bona fide hit with a link to the Mideast has been the stoner comedy“Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay.”

But what if you gathered two of the world’s biggest movie stars, one of its most celebrated directors, an Oscar-winning screenwriter and a novel and threw them all at the seemingly intractable craziness of the Middle East?

(New York Times)

 


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