Movie Review: Green Zone
Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years and 7 months ago
Okay, now I’m sure this review will wind up causing controversy. Why? Well, because normally since I have a platform to express myself openly and the ones I consider “haters” don’t, they’ll just send lots of text messages or emails expressing their views on not only what I’ve typed up based on the film or my outlook, but about how there needs to be a “close eye” on me. However; with that said… FUCK IT! They have the right to say or feel what they want as much as I do. Therefore; without any hesitation, I’ll say this, contrary to whatever specifics are, I loved Green Zone because of two reasons...
1) The film’s got lots of action. Quite frankly, more than I expected. With the minor downfall of how Greengrass chooses to shoot his films where it leaves one wondering who the hell is who, what the hell’s going on or if anyone recommended a tripod at times. You know, like all the "WTF?!" moments in Bourne Ultimatum and Bourne Supremacy, yet story’s nicely told, you just stick with it? Well, yea... same here... Oh, and heavily edited. Obvious!
2) Yes, we’ve heard it before, but it doesn’t hurt to once again rub in the faces of all the bleating sheep… BUSH lied to us! Whatever “Intel” was utilized in the leak of WMD, his entire Administration misled us (even me) into believing they were there and it justified our reasons to start-up the itchy trigger finger and bomb the shit out of a country that already seemed bombed out and resembled Bed-Rock in the Flinstones.
It’s without doubt that I may be getting a bit political here, but the fact that I can do it and without any filtering, makes it that much better. I’m sure over the weekend aside from my review and perhaps a few others who might praise it (minus the political twist, like mine) for sure there’s going to be an outcry from all these war mongering folks who thrive on the thought of blood spewing all over the place. As a matter of fact, I’m sure the NY Post is one of them who’ll bash it… therefore, I’ll make sure to follow up by reading theirs and emailing mine. (I know someone over there who’ll definitely share my orgasm over this film with their film critic.)
Keep in mind, Iraq had NOTHING to do with terrorism (The Administration dabbled in it a bit) as it did regarding WMD and its “liberation.” (HOLY SHIT after all these years, a platform was needed in order to liberate a country they never gave a shit about. Amazing!)
Okay, now that Imodium has somewhat cured my diarrhea-of-the-mouth, lets begin.
During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in March, 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in specific locations in and around the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped and treacherous site to the next, the men search for deadly chemical agents but stumble instead upon an elaborate cover-up that inverts the purpose of their mission. Spun by operatives with intersection agendas, Miller must hunt through covert and faulty intelligence hidden on foreign soil for answers that will either clear a rogue regime or escalate a war in an unstable region. And at this blistering time and in this combustible place, he will find the most elusive weapon of all is the truth.
This, in turn, sparks a shaky relationship with a Bremer/Rumsfeld-like asshole named Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear) due to Miller’s constant questioning regarding empty sites and curiosity from where our people is gathering and obtaining information from… as in any case in real life, the second one questions government (Democracy or Dictatorship) it’s never really taken lightly and Miller’s pretty much told to shut-up and continue to follow orders because after all… the intelligence is good and they’re there… (Sound familiar?)
Stubbornness kicks in and Miller continues to do his job, only walking on egg-shells and continues to express his frustration, which entails curiosity over a reporter, Lawrie Dayne (Amy Ryan) to which he begins to nudge with his questioning regarding Intel and how it made the papers in the U.S. to justify a war… and this catches the eye of CIA Head Martin Brown (Brendan Gleeson)… who on the contrary to the other asshole (Poundstone), believes there is some kind of shadiness going on and agrees to start instructing Miller into approaching his search in another angle, and this winds up leading into a massive-like defiance between his purposes in Iraq versus morality.
With much presented in the script, my hat’s off to everyone in the film. I just can’t give kudos to Damon (who always does a great job), but to Kinnear, Ryan and a pretty good stand-out performance by Gleeson. I also give much love and respect to those who served as Damon’s squad. Everyone in that unit was on point and had that style or pizzazz of being a solider in moments of war time. Having read up on the film, I know a lot of the cast were actual soldiers who had been to Iraq and some were actors who under their tech advisement, ran the gauntlet of our boys in action. Whether a solider or not, to me it was extremely realistic and they all did an outstanding job. I’m sure physical and mental health was a must during the shoot.
I hope their images aren’t tarnished with these assclowns who LOVE cock-blocking someone’s hard work in a war-based film with a bunch of political throw back about how “they didn’t know what they were doing” or “how dare they portray us as…” and all that blah blah blah… truth is I KNOW MANY who have been there and Afghanistan and back to tell me how they appreciate these kinds of films. And no matter what angle, not because it “glorifies” war, but more under the kind of circumstances they’re in while out in the open. Actor or actual solider, it’s needed and we need to stop this bullshit mindset of how it’s all fine and dandy because we’re “winning.” To those, I say thanks for allowing and respecting the art of film to expose your experiences. For those that oppose… go get laid! Pussy might help a bit.
Sticking to my acting notes... much of the same respect can also be given to those who fill the in-between. Vital layers to the story and its substance. This would go to Miller’s (Damon) translator, “Freddie” (Ziad Adwan) and a powerful presence from “The Jack of Spades/Al Rawi” (Yigal Naor – who also has an uncanny resemblance to and played Saddam in HBO’s House of Saddam)
Regarding direction… other than the faulty cinematography that causes nausea and some questionable wonder about what’s going on at times… hmmm… yes, it would help to have a tripod (or steady cam) during some scenes. It’ll work. Nothing wrong with having a free cam moving all over the place, but shit… I need to know who the bad or good guy is, outside of what exactly exploded. But, I think that would be it when it comes “bad” directing. Greengrass has a pretty good sense of capturing reality, I think. With the Bourne… films there’s an outrageous imagination for fiction, but I must say, with Green Zone I think it was pretty authentic. Outside of acting and presenting the story… scenery was pretty cool too. Having been shot in Spain and Morocco, the feeling of Iraq isn’t any different than what we’ve seen on TV or read in magazines. Perhaps there might be a contrary kind of feeling for those experts who’ve experienced it, but for us… the Average-Joes who’s behind the scenes… it’s as real as it’ll get.
Overall, it’s a film that covers two bases… one for the action lover as it has much of it and for (s)he who has a certain political link towards the entire mess. It’ll cater to you in ways I’m sure you’ll enjoy and in the end… it’s just a film… or is it?
Effective quotes from the film:
”Do you realize what you’ve done?!” - Roy Miller
”What’s going to happen the next time we want others to trust us." - Roy Miller
”Don’t be naive.” - Martin Brown
Okay, I’m done for today. My name’s Prinz Lee and I approve this review!