Unimpressive Poster for Ridley Scott's Body of Lies

August 28, 2008
Source: Cinematical

Unimpressive Poster for Ridley Scott's Body of Lies

The first poster for Ridley Scott's Body of Lies has just debuted courtesy of Cinematical. I'm featuring this because I'm actually looking forward to the film quite a bit, but this poster is one of the worst I've seen recently. I'm probably being much too harsh on it, but it just looks terrible when I had high hopes for it. It's nothing more than a standard poster with oddly positioned actors that's much too dark and lacks any of the espionage or military aspects of the film. Why oh why did it have to be this poster that turned out terrible?! You're more than welcome to take a look at it below and chime in with your own thoughts as well. And be sure to watch the trailer if you haven't seen it yet, as that actually looks much better than this.

Thanks again to Cinematical for debuting this. I'm glad we were able to check it out, but it's a big let down. It's hard to explain why I don't even like it, but it really is a bad poster for what looks like a great movie.

Body of Lies Poster

Body of Lies is directed by legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott, of everything from Alien to Blade Runner to Gladiator to Black Hawk Down to Kingdom of Heaven American Gangster. The script was written by Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan, of Kingdom of Heaven and The Departed, and is based off of the book of the same name written by David Ignatius. Warner Brothers will release Body of Lies in theaters everywhere on October 10th this fall. Be sure to watch the trailer!

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Im trying to find out why this poster is how you say it is. Its rather standard given the nature of the movie. Y dont u like it?

big r on Aug 28, 2008


Theres nothing special about it, it looks like something weve seen many times before, but it doesnt look terrible.

Rob on Aug 28, 2008


looks like a typical action movie poster, I don't see anything wrong with it either. on another note, I'm not gay but Leo looks sexy.

vu on Aug 28, 2008


dude this poster looks perfect, given it's theatrical character... it pretty much captured the mood and vision of the film due to its fine color correction.

Zachy on Aug 28, 2008


i found a few things wrong with it. first of all, u wouldn't even be able to tell its russell crowe if he didn't have his name there, it looks more like a tim robbins. they also did a terrible photoshop job. leo is overlapping crowe wayyyy too much and the left hand side is too plain. i was hoping for a more american gangster-espue type poster, but we shouldn't judge a movie on its poster, unless its my best friend's girl

LeeMan on Aug 28, 2008


Yeah, that poster is awful. Yuck. The movie still looks incredible though.

DinoChow on Aug 28, 2008


Poster is fine, trailers look dumb.

Tom Anderson on Aug 28, 2008


As a graphic designer myself, I can see why Alex isn't blown away. But my reaction is more of an "eh" which is the same reaction I had to the "bad-ass" Eagle Eye poster that Alex posted a few weeks ago. So I guess another man's "wow" can just as easily be another man's "eh."

Icarus on Aug 28, 2008


Yeah, I don't see the difference between both this poster and the Eagle Eye poster. And this one is slightly better because the actors are better. Still meh.

David on Aug 29, 2008


Crowe looks squashed into the corner and the lighting looks forced. Plus it's an awkward pose for Leo. The motion blur on his arm seems contrived and looks like it's in an invisible sling. Deserved better, Warners.

sleepykid on Aug 29, 2008


@8 tell me why you being a graphic designer, you can see where alex is coming from? Im on a quest for knowledge. What have you learned that makes this poster eh. It does look like your typical espionage, cia type poster though. I think this poster fits the movie just as how the eagle eye poster fits eagle eye.

big r on Aug 29, 2008


Eh, the reason that the Eagle Eye poster worked was because there were multiple images of the two characters doing something different. Here, all they have is Leo with a gun (like every other action movie poster we've seen) and Crowe with an earpiece.

Micah on Aug 29, 2008


Its just typical. The worst thing though is that stupid tag line.

Ryan on Aug 30, 2008


Alex...Once again I am convinced that you should no longer work around or write about movies. Ever article I read from you is a total joke. This poster isn't "amazing" but you know what? It's just a friggin movie poster. I think that you just find this stuff and talk about it just to make yourself feel better. Get a real trade or learn how to do this one right.

one on Aug 30, 2008


What are you talking about Posters have always been an important part of a movie, do your research. There is nothing wrong with hearing peoples opinions on a design, if you don't like go to another site. Okay now about the POSTER. I for one was not taken by the design, I agree is just generic and hope that they come up with something better.

eddie adyr on Aug 30, 2008


I like the poster, it shows the rival between the two guys in the movie.

Nohands[NL] on Aug 31, 2008


What's more important a very impressive poster or a good story? Unless you only plan on collecting movie posters I think almost everyone would agree that the movie is more important. I guess the person who wrote this is just thinking "How could you make a poster so dull at this day and age of technology?" He's right in a sense...I mean this poster could have been done by a first grade student and he won't impress anybody at all... To Vu who wrote "Leo is sexy"... You don't think you're gay....WE DO!!!! Just Kidding man

Deacon Frost on Oct 14, 2008

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