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Here’s a “Green Zone” featurette via Apple with Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon explaining why their film is different from “The Bourne” movies. Okay, not so much. They sort of compare it to the hit franchise, and really, can you blame them? It’s basically Bourne in Iraq, not that that’s a bad thing. There’s a lot of intense action and Damon looks perfectly at home running around with assault rifles, so if there ever was a Hollywood movie that can break through the public’s disdain for “War on Terror”-themed movies, it’s this one. And if it doesn’t, well, Hollywood should probably get it through it’s thick skull that people just don’t wanna visit Iraq again, at least not yet.
Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93) re-team for their latest electrifying thriller in Green Zone, a film set in the chaotic early days of the Iraqi War when no one could be trusted and every decision could detonate unforeseen consequences. During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Damon) and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in 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 intersecting 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.
Starring Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson, Amy Ryan, Khalid Abdalla, Jason Isaacs, and directed by Paul Greengrass.