Director: Paul Greengrass
Cast: Matt Damon (Roy Miller), Brendan Gleeson (Martin Brown), Amy Ryan (Lawrie Dayne), Greg Kinnear (Clark Poundstone), Khalid Abdalla (Freddy), Yigal Naor (Al Rawi), Jason Isaacs (Briggs)
Plot Summary: A rogue U.S. Army officer searches for weapons of mass destruction in the Green Zone of Baghdad. Based on the book Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran.
» Matt Damon. I went into this movie expecting a mixture of Bourne and The Hurt Locker, and that’s exactly what I got from Damon’s performance. His character was gritty and interesting without being over-the-top impossible.
» The casting. In addition to Matt Damon, the rest of the Green Zone cast was phenomenal, and their stunning performances really carried the film. I was especially impressed by Khalid Abdalla’s emotionally charged performance as Freddy; I hope this proves to be a real breakout role for him.
» The cinematography. Don’t get me wrong – the effects were great – but the overuse of the shaky cam technique had me fighting nausea for most of the movie. I’m not opposed to the occasional rocky scene to convey a “realistic” tone, but I don’t think it helped Green Zone at all; if anything, it detracted from the viewing experience.
» The agenda. I don’t go to a movie like this to have Hollywood’s political beliefs shoved down my throat; I want to see action and plot, nothing more. I would have been able to brush it aside had it been more subtle, but the blatant anti-war “message” of this film hits you like a steamroller.
Even while fighting nausea and politics, I enjoyed this movie immensely. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time thanks to the fantastic performances and special effects. Green Zone is definitely worth the watch.