The first thing you notice about this 'Iraq war' movie is that it looks and feels like one of those Matt Damon 'Jason Bourne' movies.movie reviews Updated: Oct 09, 2010 00:21 IST
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The first thing you notice about this 'Iraq war' movie is that it looks and feels like one of those Matt Damon 'Jason Bourne' movies.
Then, we you realise why: Green Zone is directed by English action filmmaker Paul Greengrass who made The Bourne Supremacy and its sequels; and Matt Damon is playing the lead role as the conscientious chief warrant officer Roy Miller.
Based on Washington Post Baghdad correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekharan's book Imperial Life in the Emerald City, the action is impressive because of its realism, although post-Hurt Locker (see next review), the background music is intrusive.
The locations in Spain and Morocco are very CNN-quality Iraq. So war and current affairs aficionados will be impressed. As will op-ed page readers wanting a visual thrill about how there were no WMDs in Iraq.
Poetry in violence
The Hurt Locker
Kathryn Bigelow deserves all the Oscars she got for this truly moving and rivetting film about life in the epicentre of a war zone.
The cinematography is mesmerising with slo-mo shots of IEDs making poetry on the screen (yes, even the television screen).
The violence, stylised by paradoxically displayed as the real thing, reminds the eyebrow-arching viewer of Stanley Kubrick films.
But there’s a compelling and moving storyline, too with some great acting by Jeremy Renner, who plays Sgt William James, a reckless, anti-authority bomb disposal expert. This is a war movie that stays focused on the individuals.
So, in the line of shrapnel fire, we also get the heightened flavour of a classic Western. The film stays lodged like a giant shell in your head.