Green Zone: Movie Review
Cast: Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson, Amy Ryan,
Director: Paul Greengrass
The team behind the successful run of Bourne movies have reunited for this
thriller set in Iraq after the 2003 war.
Matt Damon is Captain Roy Miller, who's in charge of the hunt for WMDs - but
every lead they're following turns out to be a dud; each time they're sent in,
there's absolutely no trace of anything.
So with suspicions aroused over duff intelligence, Miller starts to follow
his own leads - and finds himself slap bang in the middle of a major
But the situation begins to spiral out of control as Miller fails to realise
how serious and widespread the conspiracy is.
Matt Damon continues to push his image as the dependably stoic and
intelligent everyman that has seen him become a big screen success; Green Zone
itself is a conspiracy thriller which takes a little while to unravel but if you
have your wits about you, you can see where it's going - and how it will
Greg Kinnear and Brendan Gleeson provide good support as opposing factions of
the conflict - although, I'd rather director Greengrass had eased up a little on
the whole WMD issue; it still feels like there's a lot of anger to be worked
through over whether there actually were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq -
and unfortunately towards the end of the film this becomes a major issue and
nearly threatens to derail the tension which has been built up.
Green Zone is not a bad film - it does exactly what you'd expect and along
with its jerky camera movements, there are some wonderfully taut and tense times
as Miller finds himself out of his depth; throw in some great recreations of the
post war Iraqi world and some very impressive chase scenes (including a final
act edge of the seat chase) and you've got a good solid thriller.