Green Zone - Movie Review

Published: Apr 10, 2010, 08:01 IST | Tushar Joshi

The American invasion of Iraq has happened years ago, yet the mere mention of WoMD (weapons of mass destruction) brings back images of debates, arguments, and political jargon spouted by Bush and Blair.

Green Zone
A; Drama
Dir: Paul Greengrass
Cast: Matt Damon, Yigal Naor, Said Faraj, Faycal Attougui
***1/2


What's it about: The American invasion of Iraq has happened years ago, yet the mere mention of WoMD (weapons of mass destruction) brings back images of debates, arguments, and political jargon spouted by Bush and Blair.

Everyone from Larry King to Christiane Ammanpour has discussed the implication of an incursion into foreign territory based on hearsay of alleged weapons that could harm the West.
 
Greengrass tries to put a perspective on what it must be like to work as someone justifying the US attack to the entire world.



Matt Damon plays Roy Miller, a military officer whose duty is to find those weapons and make his government's decision seem credible.

The problem is, the deeper he digs and more questions he asks, people he's working for, start seeing him as a threat. 
 
What's hot: Despite being heavy on the subject and full of well-researched and documented material, the film doesn't come across as a docudrama.

Instead, it is a tight thriller, with a good pace and rivetting action. The supporting characters don't just float around Damon but work as catalysts in taking the story forward.
 
Damon is fantastic as Miller. There's a sense of calmness about him even in the most violent situations. 
 
What's not: As the movie nears its end, there seems to be a dire rush to give it a proper ending. Also the camerawork which is handheld at times is quite shaky and can be a distraction. 
 
What to do: Worth watching for Damon's performance, the film makes you think if things have changed since 2003.

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