Director Paul Greengrass, responsible for the awesomeness that is the Bourne Identity series, embarks again with Matt Damon on a movie that has just as much shaky filmmaking as a lot of his other movies. There are those who will pout and moan about the usage of such cinematography, but guess what, I don’t care. I enjoy fast motion stuff whirling past my eyes as intense scenes of action unfold in front of me, so there!
Anyway, Green Zone is amongst other things, a good movie. It’s not great and most certainly will not be nominated for any Academy Awards, but what the hell? While this may be the case, there are many things about this movie that are good. First, is Matt Damon. By now we al know what to expect from the actor. Either he’s going to be playing a slightly goofy roll or a badass in which he lays waste to entire armies of people. While not as interesting as Jason Bourne, Damon’s character, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller, is more realistic. Unlike Bourne, who’s concerned with kicking ass and taking names, Miller finds himself engaged in a war that he’d like to understand better. He wants to know, after several misleads, where all the intel is coming from. This immediately raises red flags all around as the powers that be don’t want people asking such questions.
The premise of the movie is an interesting one. I feel as though we don’t get enough conspiracy themed movies nowadays and I don’t know why that’s the case. Regardless the dominating theme of the film is the question of whether or not the U.S. had just cause to go to war, or whether we simply manipulated information and created false leads so as to further our own devices. I won’t give my opinion on way or the other about how I feel towards that particular subject matter, but I will say that it makes for engaging viewing and coffee house-like conversations afterwards.
A problem that catches my attention is that Green Zone is going to be caught in the waves of The Hurt Locker. Either movie deserves its own amount of respect, but the Green Zone should not be compared with The Hurt Locker. These films, though common in the sense that they deal with war, are different. You have to see each of them as their own piece of work and not try and make connections between the two that do not exist.
The politics of the movie, as previously mentioned, serve as lovely conversation starters. At the end of the day the movie is asking its viewers to make up their own mind about our government and the war in Iraq. To do this requires people to go out and dig around for information, and in so doing come to their own conclusions.