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U.S. wagging the dog,
This review is from: Green Zone (DVD)
It seems that people in general are growing weary of any contemporary war stories. Green Zone was marketed as another slick action thriller, but it still sort of flopped at the box office. I was prepared for another simple, high octane popcorn flick with plenty of explosives and bullets whizzing by. But there is a much greater purpose here than to merely entertain. Director Paul Greengrass is sending out a startling message that hits with ferocious power. Packed with tremendous performances, this gets my vote for the surprise action movie of the year.
Matt Damon stars as Roy Miller, a Chief Warrant Officer on the hunt for Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. His frustration continues to mount as each search comes up empty. At a debriefing, he questions the intel that keeps sending his crew on these wild goose chases. His leaders seem pretty disinterested.
Here's where the story gets complex, plus totally fascinating. Loyalties and trust start to dissolve as Miller realizes he needs to take a different approach in order to make any progress. He secretly works with a CIA agent and a Iraqi local in order to track down Al Rawi, one of Saddam's evil henchmen.
The story advances in a gripping, believable fashion. I especially loved the general points this movie made about the media coverage. It is revealed that some well-respected news sources might have the facts equivalent of the tabloids. But still the public gobbles up whatever they are serving, without any second thoughts. The truth is often distorted and subjective.
Green Zone has some intense action, and utilizes the hand held camera movement in order to capture the chaos and confusion of the war. Although dizzying and ultra violent in some parts, really the pacing here is pretty controlled as it builds the story. It makes some profound points that are hard to disregard. Some thought provoking questions about the war. Questions about out leaders, reasons, strategies, and consequences. Melding fact and fiction, Greengrass studied intensively about the entire situation in the Middle East. This movie is his springboard for voicing his conclusions. He isn't preaching, he's providing answers and opinions.
Michael Moore called this "the most honest film about the Iraqi War made by Hollywood." Overall, I enjoyed this film more than last year's Oscar winner The Hurt Locker.
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Initial post: Jul 22, 2010 9:19:40 PM PDT
Excellent review C, I have been wondering about this flick. I will have to check it out
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2010 5:11:27 AM PDT
Thanks homey, I finally dropped a quick review. Shoulda spent more time on this, but I have been too busy working. This is a darn good action movie with an important purpose. Woopak didn't really catch the indepth purpose here, hahaw! Later bro...
Posted on Jul 23, 2010 8:30:50 AM PDT
Marty Peduncle says:
Awesome man, this sounds like a winner!
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2010 12:41:12 PM PDT
Old Buff Joe says:
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2010 4:03:34 PM PDT
Some movies have a purpose. If you are looking for simple minded entertainment, go watch a Michael Bay flick.
Posted on Jul 24, 2010 6:28:14 PM PDT
Yeah, this is for me. No wonder it was ignored. People don't like it when entertainment points out how gullible they are **cough**diaryofthedead**cough** when it comes to what they see on tv.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2010 7:24:04 PM PDT
This movie had 28 one star reviews. Read any of them and I bet they mention something about the lengthy action scene that was too hard for them to follow or about it painting US in a negative light.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2010 12:26:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 25, 2010 12:28:56 PM PDT
Old Buff Joe says:
It wasn't bright enough to see who the US were in any light.
Forgive me but I'm afraid to say that I am another who found it hard to follow. Guess I'm simple minded just like Michael Bay!
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2010 1:11:10 PM PDT
This movie definitely isn't for everyone. Even with a difference of opinion, I find it odd that anyone would click "no" here in the comment section. I think all these posts add to the discussion of the film.
Posted on Jul 26, 2010 6:22:45 AM PDT
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b says:
I've been curious about this film, I will have to check it out soon.
I watched District 9 again and I did like it more the second time around. Mood plays a big role in how we rate films. I wish I could change mine and bump it up one.