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Green Zone

Green Zone

3.6 9
Director: Paul Greengrass,

Cast: Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson


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United 93 director Paul Greengrass explores the aftermath of the Iraq invasion in this feature adaptation of author Rajiv Chandrasekaran's literary exposé Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone. A onetime Baghdad bureau chief of the Washington Post, Chandrasekaran was present as American forces attempted to set up a provisional


United 93 director Paul Greengrass explores the aftermath of the Iraq invasion in this feature adaptation of author Rajiv Chandrasekaran's literary exposé Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone. A onetime Baghdad bureau chief of the Washington Post, Chandrasekaran was present as American forces attempted to set up a provisional government on the grounds surrounding former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's opulent palace. The resulting governing body, according to critics, existed in a bubble so far-removed from the grim realities of the Iraq War that it failed to properly assess the needs of the people. In this fictional thriller set during the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad, director Greengrass and screenwriter Brian Helgeland use Chandrasekaran's journalistic account as the foundation for the story of an officer who joins forces with a senior CIA officer to unearth evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) is certain that Hussein has been stockpiling WMDs in the Iraqi desert, but in their race from one empty site to the next, they soon stumble across evidence of an elaborate cover up. As a result, Miller realizes that operatives on both sides of the conflict are attempting to spin the story in their favor. Now, as Miller searches for answers made ever more elusive by covert and faulty intelligence, the truth becomes the most valuable weapon of all. Will those answers prove pivotal in clearing a rogue regime, or escalate the war in a region that grows increasingly unstable with each passing day? Amy Ryan co-stars as the New York Times foreign correspondent who travels to Iraq investigating the U.S. government's allegations about weapons of mass destruction, with Greg Kinnear appearing in the role of an additional CIA officer, and Antoni Corone essaying the role of a colonel. Brendan Gleeson rounds out the main cast for this Universal Pictures production.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
An American soldier questions his government's reasons for going to war and embarks on a desperate race to confirm his darkest suspicions in Green Zone, director Paul Greengrass' frantic Iraq War action thriller. Gripping in its early scenes and involving as the increasingly skeptical soldier stumbles across evidence of a massive cover-up, the film falters only during the unendurably jarring climax, when Greengrass' trademark handheld camerawork becomes so disorienting that it goes beyond conveying the chaos of warfare and devolves into a tiresome, unintelligible eyesore. Baghdad, Iraq: 2003. Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) and his men are searching the city for WMDs when, once again, they come up empty-handed. After voicing suspicions that the military may be receiving faulty intelligence and being silenced by his superiors, Chief Miller is approached by CIA agent Martin Brown (Brendan Gleeson), who asks Miller to contact him with any relevant updates. Meanwhile, Wall Street Journal reporter Lawrie Dayne (Amy Ryan) pushes White House intelligence correspondent Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear) for information regarding an Iraqi insider code-named "Magellan," who may be the source of the intelligence that the military is currently acting on. As Chief Miller and his men continue their search, they're approached by an Iraqi named Freddy (Khalid Abdalla), who just saw some of Saddam Hussein's top men holding a meeting at a local house. When one of those men proves to be Al Rawi, the Jack of Clubs in the deck of Iraqi "Most-Wanted" playing cards, Chief Miller senses his team may be onto something, and quickly discovers that sometimes the greatest enemy is within. Deftly scripted by Brian Helgeland and populated by a more than capable cast, Green Zone is, at its core, a high-stakes mystery set against the backdrop of a war-torn city. It has the distinct feeling of being written by someone who was actually there to experience these kind of events firsthand, which comes as no surprise since it's based on a book by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a onetime Baghdad bureau chief of the Washington Post who was present as American forces attempted to set up a provisional government on the grounds surrounding former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's opulent palace. And though we only get the occasional glimpse into life in that lavish, heavily fortified bubble -- where it isn't uncommon to find high-ranking officials soaking up sun by the pool, a slice of pizza in one hand and a cold beer in the other -- it's the effects of the betrayal committed by the U.S. government on its own soldiers, and everyday Iraqi citizens, that Helgeland seems most concerned in portraying. He does so by focusing largely on Chief Miller and Freddy, two men who just want the truth, and who are willing to fight for the futures of their respective countries. This sentiment is beautifully portrayed in a scene where Miller reassures Freddy that he'll be compensated for his role in helping the U.S. military, and the embattled Iraqi becomes overwhelmed with emotion while proclaiming that he didn't do what he did for a reward, but rather for the betterment of his country and his own people. Abdalla's role may be a small one, but he makes a big impression in just a few key scenes. The only place the film truly falters is under the direction of Greengrass, whose harried, twitchy style serves well to capture simmering emotions in confined spaces, yet flies hopelessly off the handle when the action moves outside. Even a simple punch to the face loses its power when the camera jerks violently away during a brief fistfight; Greengrass wants to give us a sense of getting lost in the scuffle, but instead only frustrates us as we struggle to try and figure out who has the upper hand, and precisely how they managed to get it. A climactic chase through the bombed-out streets of Baghdad could have been a nail-biting game of cat and mouse had the director taken care to give the audience a solid sense of spatial relations, but by attempting to use radar and military technology to do the job for him, Greengrass ultimately ends up crafting a scene that makes The Blair Witch Project look like it was shot on a Steadicam. Thankfully for Greengrass, Helgeland's screenplay manages to draw us back into the action with a poignant line from supporting character Freddy, and with a coda that's at once satisfying and sobering in its depiction of poetic justice. Unlike most action blockbusters that hit the multiplexes, Green Zone leaves a real mark due to the fact that the real-life consequences of the events depicted in the film are still being felt today -- by the citizens of both Iraq and America -- so while the story wraps up fairly nicely onscreen, the actual end is still, quite tragically, nowhere in sight.

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Special Features

Deleted Scenes; Matt Damon: Ready for Action; Inside the Green Zone

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Damon Roy Miller
Greg Kinnear Clark Poundstone
Brendan Gleeson Martin Brown
Amy Ryan Lawrie Dayne
Khalid Abdalla Freddy
Jason Isaacs Briggs
Antoni Corone Colonel Lyons
Igal Naor Al Rawi
Said Faraj Seyyed Hamza
Aymen Hamdouchi Ayad Hamza
Nicoye Banks Perry
Jerry Della Salla Wilkins
Sean Huze Conway
Raad Rawi Ahmed Zubaidi
Bijan Daneshmand Zubaidi's Aide
Bryan Reents Poundstone's Aide
Michael O'Neill Colonel Bethel
Allen Vaught Colonel Jonathan Vaught
Paul Rieckhoff Gonzales
Martin McDougall Brown's Aide
Driss Roukhe Tahir al-Malik
Muayad Ali Qasim
Soumaya Akaaboune Sanaa
Faical Attougui Al Rawi Bodyguard
John Roberson Infantry Sergeant
James Brown Soldier at WMD Site
Michael Judge JMOC Tech
Paul Jones JMOC Soldier
Patrick St. Esprit Military Intel 2 Star
Tim Ahern General at VTC
Whitley Bruner Senior CIA Man at VTC
Intishal Al Timmi Hawkish Iraqi
Jamal Selamoui Hawkish Aide
Mohamed Kafi Iraqi Officer
Kadhum Sabur Mystery Man
Boubker Hilal Qasim's Aide
Thamou el Metouani Seyyed's Housekeeper
Salah Eddine Elamari Seyyed's Son
Naji El Jouhary Seyyed's Son
Aroun Benchkaroun Seyyed's Son
Hajar Machroune Seyyed's Daughter
William Oakes Camp Cropper Tech
Ziad Adwan Translator
Ian Bendel Camp Cropper Guard
Venie Joshua Camp Cropper Guard
Miguel Berroa Camp Cropper Guard
Peter Shayhorn Camp Cropper Guard
Miguel Palaugalarza Camp Cropper Warden
Christopher Lilly Camp Cropper Warden
Omar Berdouni Righteous Ali
Sabir Ed-Dayab Iraqi Prisoner
Alex Moore CIA Tech
Alistair Bailey CIA Tech
Paul Cloutier Special Forces Tech
Wallace Bagwell Alpha Leader 1
William Meredith CPA Presser
Tommy Campbell Chopper Comms Commander
James Wills Chopper Comms Tech
Jered Bezemek Convoy Commander
Johnny Nilsson Republican Palace Reporter
Michael Dwyer MET D
Edouard H.R. Gluck MET D
Brian Siefkes MET D
Adam Wendling MET D
Abdul Henderson MET D
Paul Karsko MET D
Robert Miller MET D
Eugene Cherry MET D
Alexander Drum MET D
Brian Van Riper MET D
Matthew Knott MET D
Nathan Lewis MET D
Salman Hassan Zubaidi Conference Speaker #1
Ammar Khdir Zubaidi Conference Speaker #2
Youssif Falah-Jassem Zubaidi Conference Speaker #3
Latif Al Anzi Zubaidi Conference Speaker #4

Technical Credits
Paul Greengrass Director,Producer
Barry Ackroyd Cinematographer
Nick Angel Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Bartholomew Art Director
Mairi Bett Co-producer
Tim Bevan Producer
Michael Bronner Co-producer
Chris Carreras Asst. Director
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Julie Dartnell Makeup
Eric Fellner Producer
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Sarah Grispo Makeup
Simon Hayes Sound Mixer
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Brian Helgeland Screenwriter
Dan Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Paul Kirby Production Designer
Klemens Becker Camera Operator
Lloyd Levin Producer
Amanda Mackey Casting
John Powell Score Composer
Christopher Rouse Co-producer,Editor
Sammy Sheldon Costumes/Costume Designer
Kate Solomon Co-producer
Dominic Watkins Production Designer
Joss Williams Special Effects Supervisor


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Green Zone 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
The movie has its moments. Though the shaky cam during the action scenes got a bit annoying. Otherwise, the movie was okay but interesting.
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Donkey_Girl_08 More than 1 year ago
i has a great begining to the story, but they ruin it by making it an almost 2hr movie & taking it up with one chase that lasts 50 mins and then they rush to finish it & when its over ur like what the heck just happend. terrible ending, doesnt explain everything.
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