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Green Zone 2010

Discovering covert and faulty intelligence causes a U.S. Army officer to go rogue as he hunts for Weapons of Mass Destruction in an unstable region...

Release Date:
March 11, 2010, UTC
115 min
Paul Greengrass
James Currie, Matt Damon, Driss Roukhe, ...
Drama, Thriller, Action, ...
UK, USA, France,
English, Arabic

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Imdb rating:6.9

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Would have liked to see more action but overall I would watch it again.
this is a great movie!! 8.5/10. I was kinda expecting 'Bourne goes to war' luckily I didnt get that ! what I got was action filled with good characters and good all round acting

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why wont you let me play movies here now wheres the play buttons

Green Zone is very original in that it represents the idea that the United States invaded Iraq under false pretenses, and does so in a vastly entertaining fashion. The idea of the movie is that Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction never existed and were fabricated by the US government to justify going to war. Matt Damon plays US soldier Roy Miller, who continually goes to different Iraqi locations that are believed to be holding WMDs, and keeps coming up with nothing. He starts to question the intel given to him, and even brings up at a meeting that they keep acting on false intelligence from which they don't even know the source.

Other characters include CIA agent Martin Brown (Brendan Gleeson), who works with Miller on finding the source of the false intel; Poundstone (Greg Kinnear), a US intelligence agent who tries to get in the way of Miller's rogue investigation; and a reporter (Amy Ryan) who is also questioning the claims of WMDs.

It is directed by Paul Greengrass, who rose to fame with United 93 and the last two Bourne films. It is shot in his trademark shaky-camera style, which would normally be distracting, but it is executed in such a way that brings an edgy realism to the all of the chaotic action scenes. I usually find movies like this to be confusing, but Greengrass brings precision and clarity to a story that could have easily been baffling and incomprehensible. This is clearly his best movie yet.

As far as the film's political views go, people need to start realizing that it is not a documentary, but a fictional film with fictional characters. It never even says it is based on true events, but people have criticized it for being anti-war and even anti-American. Those people need to look at it as a movie, and put their own political views aside so they can look at it for what it is: a really good action thriller.
good plot, wished for a bit more action however...
Green Zone (B)
Matt Damon is back in another action film, this time about the lead up to the Iraq War and the search for WMD. Damon plays a chief warrant officer who is tasked with seeking out and destroying Saddam's caches of biological and nuclear weapons. There's only one problem, they aren't there. As his character looks for answers, he discovers the intelligence is coming from a single source that may have an agenda of their own that they're pushing. This film has a smart premise delivered in a dumb way, its poli sci 101 for dummies. The action is decent and to their credit, neither the film maker or Damon ever make it feel like a Bourne picture. I just wish they would have given the audience a little more credit and asked some tougher questions that still need to be answered.
March 12, 2010

I agree with everything "Green Zone" says about the Iraq War. Unfortunately, it comes at time when its message is more futile than hard-hitting. If it had come out 5 or 6 years ago, it would be a different story, as its subject matter would have had a greater impact on our collective consciousness. Not that its points can't still be valid or serve as relevant topics of discussion, especially among members of Congress, but on a purely cinematic level, the time for "Green Zone" to be most powerful and eye-opening has already come and gone.

As the war nears its seventh anniversary (I know, I can't believe it either), there is still no evidence to suggest there were ever weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. You'll recall this was one of the Bush administration's primary justifications for invading Baghdad. The false intelligence provided to the U.S. military cost thousands of soldiers their lives and we, meaning the American people and the world, are still without an admittance of guilt or wrongdoing. "Green Zone" wants to reinforce, rather blatantly, the notion we were duped by Washington. Most of us know this going into the movie. So the question remains, what do we know coming out? Not much, I'm afraid.

Despite its fictional characters and situations, the movie draws itself from truth (Brian Helgeland's screenplay is loosely based on Rajiv Chandrasekaran's non-fiction book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City). The movie has noble intentions and takes itself seriously, but I can't help but think it inadvertently trivializes what it sets out to do by turning a somber war situation into a conventional action thriller.

The director is Paul Greengrass, who helmed "United 93" and the latter two "Bourne" films. The man knows how to make movies and, deep down, I believe Greengrass thought he was making a bold and relevant statement, but how can we expect to take the movie as seriously as it takes itself when it combines brutally realistic war footage with an indestructible hero who maneuvers like, well, Jason Bourne? At one point, it's showing us disturbing imagery of a U.S. helicopter crashing down, which looks all too real, followed then by the hero performing magnificent stunts when it's most convenient for the plot. The movie wants to be two different things, but it doesn't quite know how to make that happen. I'm not sure it's possible.

Matt Damon, passionate and convincing in the lead role, plays Chief Warrant Office Roy Miller, whose military unit has been unsuccessful in locating any WMDs on their past three missions. After strike three, Miller starts to question the validity of the intel reports. His suspicions are all but confirmed when a CIA agent named Martin Brown (Brendan Gleeson) tells him he's wasting his time, despite what Miller's superiors say.

At the next potential site, an Iraqi man who calls himself Freddie (Khalid Abdalla) tells Miller he witnessed a meeting taking place with General Al-Rawi (Yigal Naor), who's nicknamed the "Jack of Clubs" and said to be one of Saddam Hussein's top aids. Miller entertains Freddie's claim and starts to uncover a link between Al-Rawi and a Washington puppet named Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear). Evidence begins to surface that the notion of WMDs was manufactured to make a cause for war. With Miller's help, this is the kind of story a Washington Post journalist (Amy Ryan) is seeking to uncover.

It's fairly certain most people going to see "Green Zone" will already be aware of its arguments, and that most will already believe and agree with them. But if that's the case, what real purpose does the movie serve other than preaching to the choir? Perhaps that's why it's also dressed up as a Hollywood action thriller-to disguise the fact its story is outdated and offer another reason for its existence. And, as a Hollywood action thriller, it's intense and fully equipped with the usual stunts, chases and violence, but most of it we've seen before.

I think the movie wants to condemn the war more than anything else, but its political stance is so outspoken that it fails to notice it's not telling us anything new or compelling. Even though most of us agree with what it has to say, it's no longer necessary to say it so extravagantly. Had the movie come out in 2004 or 2005, I would have said everyone needs to see it. In 2010, it's a victim of bad timing.
i was expecting another bourne type of movie, but i really enjoyed this film. the acting is amazing, damon is great and the guy who plays freddy really steals the show. the plot was good too. the only real problem with this film is there isn't enough action, if there was more action this film would have been better.
Great movie. Dares to say the truth...
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