Excerpt: "Academy Award nominees Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass ('The Bourne Supremacy,' 'The Bourne Ultimatum') reteam in this action-packed thriller. Damon stars as Roy Miller, a rogue U.S. Army officer who must hunt through covert and faulty intelligence hidden on foreign soil before war escalates in an unstable region.
Excerpt: Lots of people early on labeled the Iraq War this generation's Vietnam. The comparisons are as obvious as they are misleading: the political certainty of the invasion; the moral ambiguity of it's aftermath; the uprising of the local populace and seemingly unending arrogance of US policy makers.
Excerpt: Late into Green Zone , Paul Greengrass's gratifying if slightly garbled Hollywood treatment of the first months of the Iraq war, George Bush makes his inevitable appearance, in a clip pulled from the "Mission Accomplished" debacle. The only actual player to appear in a film filled with coy doppelgangers, Bush's visage caused a strange response to roll through the audience -- not boos or hisses but a low, mortified, neck-rolling groan.
Excerpt: Damon reteams with director Paul Greengrass in this disappointing retelling of the Iraq war. The film is well shot, acted, and edited, but the screenplay is so heavy-handed in its political message it was hard to take seriously.
Excerpt: Paul Greengrass’ has a directorial style that instantaneously pulls you in. His aggressive camerawork is identifiable, carefully calculated yet frenzied. Green Zone opens on the first night of the “shock and awe” campaign of the Iraq war. Bombs are dropping, and unidentified civilians, possibly even military targets, are scattered. Greengrass follows them as they try to gather items, escape down steps, and then into the streets.
Conclusion: Paul Greengrass' 'Green Zone' is a breathless thriller in the tradition of Carol Reed's immortal 'The Third Man.' It's the story of one man, sent on a mission and uncovering a lie. The setting of post-invasion Iraq adds a lot of atmosphere and danger, and Greengrass' shooting and editorial style adds much to the story. With truly outstanding audio and video, and a hearty collection of special features, this disc is highly recommended.
Excerpt: In 2003 the United States invaded Iraq, claiming contrary to reports that the country possessed weapons of mass destruction. Seven years later, American soldiers are still being deployed to the desert nation despite official acknowledgement that such weapons never existed. In Paul Greengrass’ new film Green Zone , the question of why we went to war is revisited inside a high-energy action film with enough truth thrown in to make it a smart political thriller.
Excerpt: Though the last two entries in the Bourne franchise are as purely fictional as the first one, director Paul Greengrass brought an uncanny realism to the franchise, putting distance between Jason Bourne’s spy adventures and the more synthetic escapism of James Bond. With Green Zone , Greengrass’ latest collaboration with Bourne star Matt Damon, Greengrass makes a noble attempt to fuse the hard-hitting shaky-cam immediacy of his action movies with the scrupulous real-world...