Green Zone Movie Review

by on January 22, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Just caught the political action movie Green Zone on HBO, starring Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson, Amy Ryan and directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum).

Green Zone is about a U.S. Army officer who is part of the WMD inspection teams in Iraq that popped up after the 2003 U.S. invasion. After multiple raids that supposedly were accurate intel reports, but turned up a bust, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Damon) gets suspicious of the intel’s source.

From there, it’s a politically intricate story as we follow Miller discovering one detail after another while unveiling what really is going on behind the U.S. Iraqi invasion. If you’re not politically aware, this movie could seem a bit convoluted but most details are easy to digest from some level headed directorial guidance as we get politics, moral dilemmas and a lot of good military action.

The movie can pull you in, if for any reason, as you try to keep track of the details of the story. There’s nothing incredibly stunning or twisty but as the film touches on a popular view of the war, we have a rather satisfying end.

It’s not a bad film as it keeps your focused throughout though Damon mutters the “I’m just trying to save lives” line just enough times to start being considered redundant.

But as it is, Green Zone is not a bad movie. It’s a fun, intriguing ride through a popular view on the Iraq war.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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