Review by: Christopher Haskell
July 2, 2010

Matt Damon proved his worth to me throughout “Green Zone.” Yes, I am a fan of the “Bourne” saga (which apparently has three more installments coming) but “Green Zone” looked like a knock-off of that same series from those same guys that did the “Bourne” movies. Needless to say, I was all but passing up any inkling to watch “Green Zone.” By some force of nature, I brought the film home to watch and what I discovered was a “Hurt Locker”-like attempt at showing the “truer” side of war we do not often see in films. Matt Damon plays a soldier in the front-lines of the search for WMDs. However, as they keep coming up empty-handed, Damon starts to question what is really going on in their non-existent fight to stop the war. Damon eventually takes matters into his own hands after a witness alerts his crew to a meeting of former Iraqi war leaders. The rest of the film plays off like normal espionage and conspiracy films so often do.

Greg Kinnear makes himself relevant to me as well, playing a bad guy for once. I love to hate Kinnear and wish more villainous roles on him in the future. The majority of the cast that portray Iraqis, were by far some of the best ethnic actors I have witnessed in a such a film. Khalid Abdalla, the man that plays Freddy, was outstanding as the witness that becomes Damon’s right hand man. His speech in the film drew me into the heart of the film and made me tough it out. The scenery of the film appears truthful. As “The Hurt Locker” is regarded as one of the first films to correctly depict the dirty streets of Iraq and Afghanistan, so does “Green Zone.” I especially enjoyed the area known as Green Zone, where buildings are crushed and shambled almost everywhere, but politicians and the media gather around pools and bars at the heart of it all. All I have to say is fight the urge you may have to not see this film and just see it. Damon should absolutely stick to the action film because it works for him and, in turn, he makes this film work. With “The Hurt Locker” and now “Green Zone” redefining the art of the “war” film, it intrigues me to see what next Hollywood has to offer in these regards.

March 12, 2010

Paul Greengrass

Brian Helgeland

“Imperial Life in the Emerald City” by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Universal Pictures

$100 million

(for violence and language)


115 minutes


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