Monday, 16 August 2010

The Green Zone Review

Following on from my review of the Iraq war film 'The Hurt Locker' I thought it would only be fair to also review the other big Iraq film the Green Zone recently released on DVD. This film is much more political than the later as it covers the claim that the Pentagon made up the intelligence for the WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction).

The main protagonist is Roy Miller played by Matt Damon. This makes perfect sense as the final stages of the film are fast placed and very similar in feel to a Jason Bourne film. This makes even more sense as Paul Greengrass the director has made this film in a similar vain.

Warrant officer Roy Miller job is to find WMD's but he keeps coming across bad intelligence and empty warehouses. Miller teams up with the CIA and a journalist who helped the Pentagon agenda by reporting a source that all the intelligence was based on you know a reliable source.

Naturally the film is a tad bit unbelievable in places but especially which some very close escapes and the chase for the evidence and how Roy Miller manages to do so much without an apparent authorisation. Saying that if you can stick with it then your be enjoying an action fest one which is enjoyable although not as edgy as 'The Hurt Locker'.

Green Zone walks a fine line between Bourne films and real life events. There's plenty of bangs and hand held camera action to keep you locked in, that's if you can still believe the story. In the end you can judge that Green Grass himself does not believe the government and puts his own gloss on an unproven but possible government conspiracy.

In the end Green Zone is a fictional film that some may read as fact. but that's ok it's important to question the governments about their motive for war in Iraq as the fact we went to war in it self still seem unbelievable to me. that was not fiction however.

So this film is again worth a watch but not for the same reasons as 'The Hurt Locker' but because its a damn good ride.

If you want to know what other films based on the Iraq war then do check out' Ranked: The Best and Worst Iraq/Afghanistan War Films' at Metacritic here.

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