Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Green Zone (2010)

Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Starring: Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Jason Isaacs, Amy Ryan

MPAA Rating: R for violence and language
Running Time: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

Matt Damon stars as Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller of the U.S. Army. Following the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, Miller and his team must hunt down the alleged weapons of mass destruction. Until veteran CIA operative Martin Brown (Brendan Gleeson) tells Miller there are no weapons, that it was a deception to take over the country. So now it's up to Miller to hunt for the truth, and that's just what he plans to do.

I'm going to try to keep this review free of political debate. I think by 2014, it's quite obvious that the invasion of Iraq wasn't what the general public had in mind. We were all duped by our leader in Washington into thinking  we were getting rid of a national security threat, following the unfortunate events that happened on September 11, 2001.

Director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon, best known from working together on the "The Bourne Supremacy" and "The Bourne Ultimatum" movies. Like the Bourne movies, I feel "Green Zone" didn't disappoint. The story wasn't as excruciating as "The Hurt Locker" from the previous year, but on it's own it didn't need upbeat action to hold up the story. This movie had something many like it doesn't have, a well-written, a political conspiracy thriller that has many points that many viewers would question themselves, such as 'why did we invade Iraq back in 2003?' although we had very little proof to back up whether Saddam Hussein was harboring weapons of mass destruction.

Now for the bottom line, if you're looking for a overdone action flick to watch on a Saturday night with a bowl of popcorn, find a different movie. If you're a conservative looking for a movie with a a superb narrated political thriller with a bit of a serious touch, this movie will be for you.

Green Zone (2010) on IMDb

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