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Green Zone
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Jun 15, 2010 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Paul Greengrass

Actors:
Matt Damon

Amy Ryan
Jason Issacs
Brendan Gleeson
Greg Kinnear

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Roy Miller (Matt Damon)- A US Army Chief Warrant Officer stationed in Iraq during the early days of the invasion, questions his missionís objective of finding weapons of mass destruction, when many of his teamís searches come up empty. Through a shady CIA contact (Brendan Gleeson), and an American reporter (Amy Ryan), Miller begins to piece together the true motives behind the invasion, while simultaneously hunting a murderous Iraqi General, who may have more to do with the conspiracy than Miller could have ever imagined.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When it came out in March, GREEN ZONE, which reunited BOURNE SUPREMACY/ULTIMATUM director Paul Greengraas with star Matt Damon, was a tremendous box office dud. Expectations were probably unreasonably high, and matters werenít helped by the fact that Universal tried to sell this as a BOURNE-style action flick, which this is most certainly not.

The Iraq War setting also didnít help matters, nor did the fact that this is a really controversial, scathing look at the rationale behind the war. Say what you will about THE HURT LOCKER, but at the end of the day, it never questioned the motives behind the war, but rather strived to paint a truthful portrait of the soldiers themselves. By comparison, THE GREEN ZONE spends no time exploring any of the characters, with Damon coming off as a two-dimensional boy scout throughout. The climactic scenes, where Damon is marked for death by fellow soldiers, are pretty hard to digest- so itís no wonder this film flopped miserably.

However, thatís not to say itís not a worthwhile film. In my book, Greengrass is incapable of delivering a truly bad film. While this is certainly flawed, there are sections of the film that are downright incredible, such as the opening sequence- which takes place during the initial bombing of Baghdad, and is filmed mostly hand-held. You really feel like youíre in the middle of the bombing, but perhaps this scene is too good, as nothing else in the film can compare to it.

The only time the film really builds any momentum is during the last half hour or so, when Damonís chasing after the villainous Iraqi General, while simultaneously being hunted b Jason Issacsí unit of psychopathic black ops soldiers. While I thought the way Issacs team was portrayed to be a little cartoonishly evil for what strives to be an intelligent film, itís nevertheless a griping action sequence.

Like his BOURNE films, GREEN ZONE is masterfully edited, and the scoring by John Powell is excellent. Damon also does a great job as Miller- even if the role is two-dimensional. As for the rest of the cast- despite being filled with seasoned pros like Gleeson, nobody really made much of an impression, with this being Damonís show all the way.

THE EXTRAS
While not particularly stacked with extras, we get a commentary track featuring Greengrass, and Damon. The two seem to get on like gangbusters, so I wouldn't say all hope is lost regarding a possible reunion for a fourth BOURNE. Considering this flopped, I think they're more likely to do a fourth than they would have been if this had been a hit.

We also get about twelve minutes of deleted scenes , and two really generic EPK featurettes; Matt Damon: Ready for Action , and Inside The GREEN ZONE .
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Overall, GREEN ZONE is better than itís reputation suggests, although it doesnít hold a candle to THE HURT LOCKER, or even a film like THE KINGDOM. Still, thereís still a couple of really effective sequences scattered throughout, which makes it worth seeing. Itís a flawed, but mostly worthwhile film.
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