“Green Zone” Scratch that, Z-Zone

Genres: Drama, Thriller, Adaptation and War
Running Time: 1 hr. 55 min.
Release Date: March 12th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for violence and language.
Distributors: Universal Pictures

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

JJ Rating: B-

See it again: Hell no.
Own it: Never.
Convince others to see it: Don’t want to waste anyone’s time. That’s cruel and unusual, but I’d make them watch one scene. “This is our country—we decide what should happen.” Because that is powerful, the rest of the movie—not so much.

Roy Miller (Matt Damon) figures that the WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) are really a farce and that is why they have not found any. Why were they being sent from location to location to find WMDs and coming up empty handed? Where was the intel coming from? It’s a deadly question to ask and even deadlier question to answer. Green Zone.

I could tell that it was the same director (Paul Greengrass) who did The Bourne Trilogy because of the camera work. With little shaking it does tend to give the story a bit more personality, too much shaking and it’s more an assault on the senses as well as uncomfortable to view. Green Zone was more on the “uncomfortable viewing” side than the “personality” side. I don’t really get motion sickness, but I had to look away at times.

I enjoyed the different perspective. I don’t know the full truth about any war. All I can do is take what is shared and decide for myself what seems plausible. What I really know is true is what one Iraqi character said and that was something like this: “It’s our country. It is not your country. We decide how it should be ran, not America.” That is the one thing that I had understood before seeing Green Zone but I had not fully given it much thought. Now I can’t unthink it.

I found the political aspect of Green Zone muddled what would have been a pretty good film. I know that the political mire was important to the film as a whole, but I think it was taken to a position that doesn’t make the film that accessible to anyone other than political junkies. It made me feel bad for those that would have to watch this in some political science course.

Aside from the great angle and the good acting, there wasn’t more that Green Zone gave. I didn’t really find myself caring for many of the characters. If this was just some war movie that wasn’t based on what we are use to seeing in the news I don’t think it would have been interesting for anyone to see. Years from now it’s not a film that’ll hold many people’s attention. The Z-Zone might be more accurate a title.

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