Green Zone: Movie Review

The 2003 invasion of Iraq is a very touchy and controversial topic until now. The Americans attacked Iraq on three key topics, one is to dethrone its dictator Saddam Hussein, to free the people of Iraq and most importantly, to stop and disarm the development of WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction). Sadly, no WMDs were ever found. Some say that the U.S. made a basis for the attack not to stop Saddam or free the people of Iraq but to actually get something for themselves. Now, we are not conspiracists but something really smells fishy with the attack. "Green Zone" tries to put a fictional backbone into the factual events in Iraq. Read on to find out if the story is real enough to make you think.

Roy Miller (Matt Damon) and his team are tasked to find WMDs during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Roy starts to question the Army's intel reports when for the third straight time, the place located was a complete dud. When Roy voices out his concern about the inaccurate reports during a mission briefing, he is approached by a CIA agent Martin Brown (Brendan Gleeson) and tells him that he is right about his suspicion. Roy is approached by an Iraqi man named Freddy (Khalid Abdalla) and tells him that there is a suspicious meeting on-going at a nearby house. Roy decides to take a risk on Freddy and when they arrived at the house, they discover that the meeting was attended by General Al Rawi (Yigal Naor) - the man who was leading the WMD program of the Iraqi military. Now, Roy must find a way to locate Al Rawi and discover the truth on where the WMDs are.

"Green Zone" gave us deja vu all over. It was so reminiscent of the Bourne films that we could have seen this as a fourth film in the series. Now this could be bad and be good at the same time - it depends if you hated or liked the Bourne series. The problem with "Green Zone" is that it did not bring anything new into the table. Yes, the story was interesting and it was successful in mixing the real facts with fiction but it had cliche` written all over it. It also did not help that the secondary characters were not developed at all. If you ask us, we just couldn't see the importance of most secondary characters in the overall story. Now if you hate the shaky cam phenomenon then you must simply avoid "Green Zone". This movie just decided that the camera should shake every single second - even on parts where there were no action at all. Bad decision making there right? Overall though, "Green Zone" is still interesting and most people would find it okay, just okay.

Rating: 3 reels

Why you should watch it:
- thrilling movie very reminiscent of the Bourne films
- the story is believable and would make you think if this is what really happened
- Matt Damon was awesome

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- even though the story was believable, it was too cliche` for our tastes
- secondary characters just went in and out from time to time which makes them really dull, flat and senseless
- the camera was very unstable even outside the action sequences

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