Green Zone

  • 15
  • Paul Greengrass (2010)
  • US / UK / Fr / Sp
  • 109 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Action thriller starring Matt Damon. In the wake of the US-led invasion of Iraq, military officer Roy Miller is charged with finding the weapons of mass destruction that sparked the conflict. When no weapons are found, Miller begins to questions the accuracy of the intelligence and uncovers a conspiracy that makes him wonder who he can trust.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Paul Greengrass

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Universal
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 12 Mar 2010
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama