Mini Movie Review: Green Zone (2010)

Matt Damon teams up once again with director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum) for an explosive action thriller set during the illegal invasion of Iraq. Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) and his team are tasked with rooting out WMD’s but always end up finding nothing to suggest that such weapons ever existed in the first place. A CIA officer warns Miller that the next site he will be searching for WMD’s will also draw a blank. After a local Iraqi directs Miller towards a meeting of some high ranking Ba’ath party officials, the team gets drawn into a sinister plot involving a Government conspiracy at the highest level.

The style of the film is very similar to the Bourne movies with plenty of handheld camera shots to put the viewer in the thick of the action and a lean yet gripping story that has you watching until the very end. The film is also helped enormously by wonderful performances and some inspired casting for the Iraqi roles.

What makes this a cut above other similar movies though is that it focuses on a particular yet vital angle of the illegal invasion that questions the motives for going to war. No real surprises for anyone with a modicum of commonsense as to why the invasion occurred but thought provoking nonetheless and essential viewing.

Score: 5/5

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