TF Film Review: Green Zone (2010)

It seems that its impossible to talk about Green Zone without mentioning the Bourne franchise (which I absolutely loved) so now that I have got that reference out of the way we can move on. This movie came out a couple of months ago in Britain but as usual the Japan release was delayed which I went to see at a nearby cinema on its opening day last Friday. The film is directed by Paul Greengrass (with his trademark use of hand-held cameras) and he teams up with Matt Damon yet again to provide a typically breakneck action film which is tense and exciting. There is also, in my opinion, a quite preachy polical message regarding the weapons of mass destruction which Damon‘s character Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller is searching for in Iraq in order to justify the US invasion. When his search comes up empty handed each time he begins to have his suspicions about some of his own side.
Beforehand I had fairly low expectations for Green Zone as war films don’t always do it for me and I thought that I would be hoping to see Bourne taking aim at real life in Iraq. Of course, the lead character in this film is not exactly too different in appearance as after all they do have the same face and the same voicebox! Overall, though I really liked this film and was able to separate it from the aforementioned franchise which certainly helps one enjoy it.