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Green Zone

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Green Zone

Paul Greengrass (2010)

109min
15 Certificate
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The fruitless search for Weapons of Mass Destruction immediately following the 2003 Iraq invasion leaves one dogged US Army officer questioning his own side in this blend of military action and conspiracy thriller. This reteaming of director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon promises - and certainly delivers - plenty of high-octane Bourne-style entertainment as Damon's character barrels through a series of life-threatening chases and scrapes. There's a startling sense of immediacy as we're pitched into the chaos following the fall of Saddam, with Greengrass's trademark bullet-dodging handheld camera capturing the breathless mayhem. Brendan Gleeson (as a pragmatic CIA station chief), Greg Kinnear (as a Washington intelligence expert fighting the propaganda war) and Khalid Abdalla (representing the aggrieved and excluded ordinary Iraqis) all contribute powerful performances that illustrate different sides of the argument - even if the film ultimately condemns the short-sightedness of the Bush-led campaign. Exciting, believable and thought-provoking, this is what popular cinema is all about.

Summary

A military officer is sent to Iraq after the downfall of Saddam Hussein on a mission to find the weapons of mass destruction that were used to justify the invasion - only to be warned by a CIA agent that no such devices exist. As he continues his fruitless search, he discovers evidence of a political conspiracy. Paul Greengrass's thriller, starring Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear and Brendan Gleeson.

Cast & Crew

Roy Miller Matt Damon
Clark Poundstone Greg Kinnear
Martin Brown Brendan Gleeson
Lawrie Dayne Amy Ryan
Freddy Khalid Abdalla
Lt Briggs Jason Isaacs
Al Rawi Yigal Naor
Colonel Lyons Antoni Corone
Perry Nicoye Banks
Director Paul Greengrass
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Universal Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 12 Mar 2010

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