A thriller from the director of The Bourne Ultimatum, set during the US-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, about a bunch of CIA agents and a warrant officer (Matt Damon) on the trail of certain weapons of mass destruction. A foreign correspondent (The Wire's Amy Ryan) follows their mission.... More
The film is based on the 2006 book Imperial Life in the Emerald City by journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran and takes place in the 'Green Zone' – a 10-square-kilometer area in central Baghdad that is the centre of international forces in the city.Hide
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BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
Do we like ‘message films’? I’m not such a fan but some might appreciate the seven-year-old sentiment expressed in Green Zone about the double standards and campaign of confusion set by American authorities in Iraq.... More
Paul Greengrass helms and his shaky-cam style used for his two Bourne movies makes another jiggly appearance. His direction is terrific. Seemingly unrehearsed as if the chaos is unfolding in front us, the action feels fresh, impromptu and effortless, as if the camera has just captured it accidentally. All the beats of the action are there and it’s easy to follow.
But despite best intentions, the frenetic visuals don’t quite mask the preachy tone of this project. It’s old news to any of us with even a passing interest in world events. The hunt for non-existent WMDs was big in 2003, but can it still hold a wow factor seven years later?
Plus, Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne was far more fun than his Sgt Miller. This military man is about as good-guy as you can get – a white, moralistic American with an unflappable desire to do the right thing.
This is a slick and polished action thriller. Damon and Greengrass push their agenda, no bad thing considering it will reach a big audience, but their revelations about the sneaky Yanks are not that surprising at all.Hide
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I loved this movie! - I wouldn't consider myself a major action/thriller movie fan - as they are all pretty predictable - but this film kept me on the edge of my seat - it didn't come across at all like the typical american whoo rah flick - definitely recommend it and will probably buy the dvd!
I really enjoyed this movie. The story had a good pace and held my interest all the way while remaining consistent and fair minded. I was almost inclinded to give it 5 stars so I can't say I agree with the critics review at all. Nicely done without too much focus on bombs and explosions. Recommended.
My title says it all.
I was looking forward to seeing THL after reading all the rave reviews, but was sorely let down as all it amounted to was a gigantic pile of American 'Fluff'.
This movie is by far the better option.
If you 'enjoy' (how can you?) war movies, and want 'entertainment' (war is NOT entertainment by any stretch of the imagination??) this will not dissapoint.
It makes you think (which is obviously something the leaders in Washington are unable of doing!!!!)
Five stars *****
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