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Green Zone

A 2010 political thriller directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Matt Damon.

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Green Zone - 2010

  • Jan 30, 2011
Rating:
+3
Pros: The real soliders that participated

Cons: concept?

The Bottom Line:
"The size of your heart determines who wins.
Modern day life; let the fury begin.
War is hell."
~The Warriors

In 2010 director Paul Greengrass joined with writer Brian Helegeland to bring us Green Zone, taken from the book "Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone" by Rajiv Chandrasekaran.   It is rated R for violence and language and came in at a whopping $100 million budget.   It was nominated for three awards.   It is based on true events.

The Movie:
Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller heads the MET-D team, searching for weapons of mass destruction.   After more than three false leads, he begins to question the source of the leads the American forces are receiving about the storehouse of these weapons.

He joins forces with a CIA agent and reporter to ferret out the source, known as Magellan, to get to the truth.  However, in order to do this he must go against direct orders from his commanders.

The Actors:
First I must congratulate the forces that be that decided to use actual soldiers, members of the real MET-D force, who had recently returned from duty to play these parts.  The addition of these men made the film more realistic because these guys had actually been there, done that. 

Their names are Michael J. Dwyer, Edouard H. R. Gluck, Brian Siefkes, Adam Wendling, Abdul Henderson, Paul Karsko, Robert Miller, Eugene Cherry, Alexander Drum, Brian VanRiper, Matthew Knott, and Nathan Lewis.  My humble thanks to them for their service.

Matt Damon took on the role of Roy Miller and admits on the extras he was a little hesitant to try to tell these real life soldiers what to do.  His performance reeks of the Bourne, et al, experience but he handled the duties quite well.  In fact Greengrass was looking for him on the set one day and didn't even recognize him among the soldiers, he blended in so well.

Brendan Gleeson was the CIA agent, Martin Brown, giving a believable performance while Amy Ryan, as reporter Lawrie Dayne, showed a no nonsense attitude.  Greg Kinnear, as Clark Poundstone, was the liaison between Magellen, the troops, and Lawrie.  Ya know, some times he can just be sinister for someone that looks so boyish.

Extras:
commentary with Greengrass & Damon; deleted scenes, trailers; feature - Matt Damon "Ready for Action" [really good]; feature - Inside the Green Zone [informative].

Overall:
My only problem with the entire film was the concept.  For someone trained to follow orders, it seemed a bit of a stretch for Miller to break away from that tradition so easily.  Not that soldiers don't want to on occasion, but still ...

The filming was outstanding with daytime shots clear and precise, nighttime shots were a little grainy but it may have been intended.  Sound was decent considering Greengrass tends to let actors just take over and run amok, overlapping each other and creating chaos.  But it's war, it is chaotic, it's Hell.

thanks,
Susi

My thanks to Sue, millinocket, for this addition to the database.

This is an entry into the January Lean-n-Mean contest.

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February 03, 2011
I rather enjoyed this movie for what it is--a great action flick! Thanks, Susi!
February 03, 2011
it certainly was full of action, thanks for the visit and comment
 
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review by . March 13, 2010
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   The war in Iraq. Why exactly did our country ever engage in such a war…weapons of mass destruction? If one remembers, about almost 7 years ago in 2003, then president George W. Bush stood on the deck of an aircraft carrier declaring “mission accomplished” in Iraq. Well, I’ll get right to the point, you may not like director Paul Greengrass’ (The Bourne Ultimatum) and writer Brian Hildeland‘s “Green Zone” if you don’t agree or at …
review by . March 13, 2010
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Quick Tip by . September 28, 2010
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While altogether predictable, Green Zone manages to be an engaging thriller nonetheless mainly because of its strong performances. The film boasts a great cast and skilfull direction by Paul Greengrass. The only thing preventing the film itself from being great is the script, which is well-written, but the combination of real life and fiction here doesn't mesh very well and audiences will be left with a fairly disappointing morality lesson that feels fairly contrived. Still, a good thriller. …
review by . June 25, 2010
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GREEN ZONE is not a great movie, but is a courageous one that boldly steps in front of the audience with some truths that are sobering: WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) never existed, despite their being the rationale for our declaring war on Hussein's Iraq. What novelist Rajiv Chandrasekran ("Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone") from which the movie is adapted, screenwriter Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential, Mystic River, Taking of Pelham 123) and director Paul Greengrass …
review by . June 24, 2010
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4 stars:
Up until around 2001 no one knew who Irish up and coming director Paul Greengrass was that is until he directed the second of the three Bourne films "The Bourne Supremacy"(2004) that became the highest grossing film for the series at that point. one of Greengrass' most critically acclaimed films following on the heels of  his universally acclaimed "Bloody Sunday"(2002). Three years later  Greengrass directed one of the last decades   most acclaimed  …
Quick Tip by . October 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I found it thought-provoking. Middle son thought it had all been said and done before.
Quick Tip by . August 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I thought this movie had great action for a movie that has been labelled as a political thriller. A well scripted blurring of the lines between fact and fiction may offend some viewers, but makes for an interesting story.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Liked Matt Damon in this a lot, and it was entertaining with good action scenes. Not amazing per se, but a pretty thrilling ride. Curious what a military / politics buff would think of how they portrayed the WMD issue. Funny thing to look at it in hindsight.. insane that the country could be so mislead.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Taunt, extremely intelligent and thought provoking "Green Zone" takes the bold and extremely controversial outlines of why American soldiers are still today fighting in Iraq.
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Matt Damon reteams with hisBourne Supremacydirector to create a thriller grounded in contemporary politics: the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Damon) travels across war-torn Iraq, pursuing the intelligence he's been given, but every site indicated comes up empty of WMDs. Investigating the source of the intelligence, he finds himself caught between CIA agent Martin Brown (Brendan Gleeson,28 Days Later) and politician Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear,Little Miss Sunshine) over the identity of "Magellan," the supposed source. As Miller tracks down an Iraqi general, he ends up further and further afield, facing danger from all sides. It's hard to say which is the greater accomplishment--thatGreen Zonemanages to turn a still-volatile political issue into a propulsive action movie, or that it manages to depict Iraqi people as individuals with a wide range of responses to what's happened to their country. Damon's performance is low-key but effective as Miller tries to maintain some semblance of moral clarity in a circumstance that muddies everything. Also featuring Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) as a compromised journalist and Khalid Abdalla (The Kite Runner) as an Iraqi civilian who gets dragged into far more than he expected.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Paul Greengrass
Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010
Studio: Universal Studios, Universal Pictures
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