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Did We Really Go To War On A Lie?
"Green Zone" may not be as big of a hit as "How To Train Your Dragon" or "Clash of the Titans", but it has something both those films lack.....a great story that will leave a lasting imprint on your psyche. Where as those other two films are basically a dime a dozen. Nothing more than to sell tickets to the masses, with story content and originality be damned. "Green Zone" reunites Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon, both who enjoyed a lot of success together during the "Bourne" action movie franchise. Only this time, they return to an action film that may not sit too well with many viewers, due to it's obvious controversial take on current and past events. However, it's a great action/war movie if you're willing to give it a chance and look past it's controversial take on current events.
"Green Zone" is set in the early stages of the war in Iraq, where the United States government deployed troops to find alleged WMD's (Weapons of Mass Destruction), only to come up empty on various sites. Matt Damon plays Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller, in the U.S. Army, who gets tired of seeing his men sacrifice their lives endlessly to find these WMD's with nothing to show for it. Thus, making his determination to find these weapons that much more important to him, and to question the source of where the military is getting these site locations from. As it turns out, this mystery turns out to be bigger than what Officer Miller could have imagined.
Uncovering a giant government conspiracy that could not only undue the fabric of an unstable Iraqian government, but the United States government as well. As the story cleverly ties in current and past events in history, to create a government conspiracy war movie like no other. Suggesting that maybe...just maybe we went to war on a lie. "Green Zone" essentially is a war movie where you have a corrupt bureaucrat politician, Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear), within the George W. Bush administration, that sells to the American people the idea of going to war based on a lie. Where allegedly proposing that the government knew there were no WMD's, but they purposely lied to the people, so they would have an excuse to take over Iraq.
Obviously, this film won't be a huge hit among most audiences, as the movie does propose a highly controversial take on the current war on terror. However, it does portray an interesting story that cleverly ties in current and past events into it, that circumstantially support the notion that our country may have gone to war on a lie.
The action sequences along with the cinematography has the whole "shaky camera" bit during the action scenes, like the "Bourne" movies. Only that this film's story is so intriguing and entertaining that the whole "shaky camera" won't ever make you feel sick, as the story is just that good. In fact, I can't remember the last great action film where it not only combined story, character development weaved into a lot of great action scenes, but also managed to have a lot of great performances as well.
With the exception of Roy Miller, the characters are a bit one dimensional. You have the corrupt politician who only cares about himself, while pretending to care about what happens with the United States. You have a news reporter that only wants to cover the truth about what's going on, and has only the people's best interest at heart. Then you have a bunch of soldiers who blindly follow orders without question, and a few former Iraq military members, under Sadam's former regime, who want to cut a deal with the U.S. when things get out of hand....or else they'll rebel. Although I normally never like stereotype characters, "Green Zone" actually uses them quite well to tell the story.
Plus, I thought Matt Damon does a great job in this movie. In fact, I find it kind of sad that this film didn't do well at the box office, as I truly felt Matt gives a command performance in this one. Probably, the best of his career.
"Green Zone" obviously won't be a film most viewers will care to see, but it's definitely a great action film that combines action and story perfectly. Definitely a must see for any war movie fan.