It seems all the rave to produce movies around the Iraq war. The problem with alot of these movies has been that they never challenge the ultimate motivation to invade Iraq. I know that question alone probably rubs people the wrong way already, but its certainly the core premise behind Green Zone.
Chief Warrent Officer Roy Miller (Damon) is charged with the task of finding Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD’s). As his tour in Iraq progresses he comes to the conclusion that hes been lead on a wild goose chase with some very shakey intel reports. While everyone around him is happy to tow the company line and just do their jobs, Miller begins a search for the truth and discovers the real enemy may not be from outside the Green Zone.
Set to the very volitile background of post invasion Baghdad the movie is based on a piece of non fiction work from Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a former Bureau Chief for the Washington Post. The book challenges the handling of the rebuilding of Iraq by the civilian leadership, while the movie takes the stories and ideas one step further to reveal a desperate plot to justify the reasons for invasion.
This movie is great. Shot very well and not lacking in good story line. Matt Damon is cast nicely and fits into the role as an American soldier very well. Infact i would suggest this was a better movie than Hurt Locker and suspect that it may not play very well in America due to a potential perception of being non patriotic.
Reviewed by: Urbankiwi
Released: 18th March 2010
Rating: M Contains Violence & Offensive Language
Duration: 115 minutes
Genre: Action / Drama
Starring: Matt Damon, Jason Isaacs, Brendan Gleeson
Director: Paul Greengrass