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Movie Review - Green Zone

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Green Zone

‘Green Zone’ was a movie I was looking forward to when I heard it was pairing Matt Damon and the director of two of his three Jason Bourne movies, Paul Green Grass, for what was going to be an Iraq set thriller based around the hunt for MWDs during the early stages of the war. But that feeling of excitement disappeared somewhat when I started seeing the trailers for the film as they seemed to be selling the whole thing on the fact it was pairing these two guys together for another film. It feels to me if you have to promote your film by talking about past films then that’s a really bad sign. So when I finally went to see it I was a bit apprehensive.

“It is 2003, and U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) and his team of inspectors have been dispatched by their commanders to find weapons believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped and treacherous site to the next, the men search for deadly chemical agents but instead stumble upon an elaborate cover-up that subverts the purpose of their mission. Spun by operatives with intersecting agendas, Miller must hunt through covert and faulty intelligence hidden on foreign soil for answers that will either clear a rogue regime or escalate a war in an unstable region. At this blistering time and in this combustible place, he will find the most elusive weapon of all is the truth.”

Despite my misgivings going into the film I was glad to have them quickly dispelled as the film built up its tension with some great acting, directing and writing. Not only that, but there was a much deeper moral behind the film that Damon’s character held steadfastly to throughout. For anyone who is in the mood for a solid thriller based in a world where there is still a lot of debate over why they went to war in the first place, then this is the film for you.

8 out of 10 from me.

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