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Good Popcorn Action Flick,
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The Green Zone with Matt Damon provided me exactly what I was looking for, a good action flick. The political commentary is a bit over the top, but if you're inclined to believe conspiracies about the intelligence and political failures that got the United States into Iraq, it's somewhat believable.
The story is about Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller who is in charge of a U.S. Army team that is supposed to find WMD's in Iraq. However Miller's team not only keeps coming up empty, his team is sent in to places that obviously have not held WMD's for several years, or never had WMD's their in the first place. Miller begins to question the intelligence that he and his team have been given about their targets. Miller befriends a CIA agent Martin Brown, played very well by Brendan Gleeson, who tells him that he's on a wild goose chase. Miller then gets in the middle of a political war between Brown and a character that is obviously supposed to be Paul Bremer, by the name of Clark Poundstone, played well by Greg Kinnear. Brown and Miller set out on a hunt for the individual who is allegedly the source of American intel about WMD, General Mohammad Al-Rawi. If Brown and Miller can locate him, Brown believes Al-Rawi will be able to expose the fact there are no WMD's in Iraq and also be a contact with the Iraqi Army and prevent an insurgency.
Many elements of this movie do ring true and several real life individuals, including Bremer and Ahmed Chalabi are obviously portrayed with fictionalized names in this movie. It's a tribute to writer Brian Helgeland and director Paul Greengrass that they were able to stay somewhat close to what journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran wrote about the Green Zone and the American administration of Iraq in his book Imperial Life in the Emerald City and yet create a great thriller movie.
Unlike other reviewers I didn't have a problem with the hand held cameras, mostly I think because I'm used to them. I found this movie to be far more interesting and watchable than The Hurt Locker. I watched this movie on rental from Amazon. The process to download it to my computer for viewing was quite simple and the quality very good.