ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY Green Zone★★★★ 11.25pm-1.35am C4
Reuniting the star and director of the best Bourne films, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass, the big-budget Green Zone can be filed alongside Lions for Lambs, Redacted, Battle for Haditha and In the Valley of Elah under: “Noughties Films Addressing America’s Post-9/11 Military Operations in the Middle East.” Greengrass takes his trademark hand-held cameras into Baghdad (as played by Spain and Morocco), and drops us into a diplomatic firestorm, with a cleverly worked plot by screenwriter Brian Helgeland (from journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s superb non-fiction book Imperial Life in the Emerald City). Damon plays the principled army officer who, on a tip-off from Brendan Gleeson’s CIA agent, doubts key “intel” about WMDs and clashes with Greg Kinnear’s sleazy, Pentagon martinet. Although a relative flop at the box office, and accused by some of being anti-American, Green Zone is a smart, questioning action movie whose meaty cast also includes Jason Isaacs, Amy Ryan and Igal Naor – who played Saddam Hussein in the 2008 TV drama House of Saddam.
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