Green Zone (Paul Greengrass, 2010): USA

Reviewed by Kathleen Amboy.  Viewed at the Riviera.

  There is an area in central Baghdad that represents the international presence within the city, known as the Green Zone

This war-thriller collaboration between star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, who also helmed The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), made sitting through this film a bit reminiscent of Jason Bourne meets The Hurt Locker.

Chief Warrant Officer Miller (Matt Damon) and his squad are responsible for using intel to search out WMDs, but continually come up empty.  After several instances of this, Miller complains about the inaccurate data to his superiors at a debriefing and is rebuffed.

While top White House official Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear) is welcoming back an exiled Iraqi politician, Chief Miller is approached by the CIA and informed that the bad intel is all a part of the big cover-up.

Meanwhile the chase is on for Saddam’s top advisor Al-Rawi by Chief Miller who wants to get to the bottom of everything, and by a rogue squad sent to put Al-Rawi’s lights out and commissioned by a top White House official.

There’s a lot of action with loud explosions and heavy artillery, but little in the way of a solid plot and intelligent dialogue.  Little more than an action piece for talented Matt Damon who starred in last year’s The Informant!, it’s downright disappointing.  Overuse of the shaky-cam treatment is ridiculous, unnecessary and exploited in this film.

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