Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Directed by Paul Greengrass
Starring Matt Damon, Brendan Gleeson, Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Jason Isaacs

Green Zone is the third collaboration between Greengrass and Damon with the first two being the Bourne sequels Supremacy and Ultimatum. Those films were highly energetic and very well executed action thrillers. Green Zone doesn't disappoint. It's like Jason Bourne going to war.

Baghdad, Iraq 2003. The war begins as the US troops start bombing the capitol. Four months later the president announces that major combat operations have ended and that the effort has been victorious for the US and allied troops. This is of course only half the truth since over 98% of all casualties have occurred after that. Damon plays Rob Miller who's task is to find the weapons of mass destruction, but every target he breaches turns up empty. He begins to question the intel and starts to look into the situation which is looking more and more suspicious.

Again, a scenario of which it's quite difficult to give a more thorough description without giving something away, but what I can say is that the film has to praised for it's critique of the whole mess the troops are involved in. Where the real news media in real life functions as an unpaid PR-group for the army, movies like Green Zone and The Hurt Locker are important because they remind the public that even as these films are works of fiction, everything might not be as simple as they seem on CNN.

Ohjaaja Greengassin ja Damonin kolmas yhteistyö etenee vaivattomuudella ja varmuudella. Green Zone on Bourne- ja Jack Ryan-leffojen tapaan ensiluokkaista toimintaviihdettä, mutta yleistä tasoa huomattavasti älykkäämmällä käsikirjoituksella.

Green Zone at IMDb