Green Zone

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Released 2010

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Director:
Paul Greengrass
Released:
2010
Rating:
R

Green Zone is an acclaimed thriller from award winning director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, United 93). The story concerns Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) who is in charge of a U.S. Army team that is supposed to find WMD's in Iraq. However, Miller's team not only keeps coming up empty, his team is sent in to places that obviously have not held WMD's for several years, or never had WMD's there in the first place. Miller begins to question the intelligence that he and his team have been given about their targets. Miller befriends a CIA agent Martin Brown (Brendan Gleeson, A.I., The Village) who tells him that he's on a wild goose chase. Miller then gets in the middle of a political war between Brown and a character that is obviously supposed to be Paul Bremer, by the name of Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear, The Bad News Bears). Brown and Miller set out on a hunt for the individual who is allegedly the source of American intel about WMD, General Mohammad Al-Rawi. If Brown and Miller can locate him, Brown believes Al-Rawi will be able to expose the fact there are no WMD's in Iraq and also be a contact with the Iraqi Army and prevent an insurgency.

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Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    When Mr. Greengrass made "United 93," his 2006 reconstruction of one of the Sept. 11 hijackings, some people fretted that it was too soon. My own response to Green Zone is almost e...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Made with daring and passion, it attempts the impossible and comes remarkably close to pulling it off. So close, in fact, that the skill and audacity used, the shock and awe of thi...

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Once Damon's one-man truth squad goes off the reservation and starts behaving too much like Jason Bourne for comfort, the film begins not only spilling more blood but also leaking ...

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  • Great film-disturbing subject matter.

    8.0
    This is a well done film-of that there is no question, to me. What is disturbing is that the subject matter is based on actual events. Bad times make good art-its always been the case. I wonder how many people who have actually spent time in the whole Iraq/Afghanistan war bit feel about movies like this. You have to wonder. I suppose the only other thing I could say is that Hollywood never misses a beat in cashing in on Very Bad Things that happen in the world. Oh where would they be without war & suffering. Some films create a feeling of paralysis whilst others create a feeling of empowerment. This film made me feel a bit of both-as in it makes you feel that there is nothing you can do about state of the world yet it also makes you feel is probably good to portray the harder stuff that happens in the world in the context of a movie.moreless

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gritty cinematography, high stake situations, epic battles, bloody and violent, vicious firefight