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Green Zone (2010)



Critic Consensus: Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass return to the propulsive action and visceral editing of the Bourne films -- but a cliched script and stock characters keep those methods from being as effective this time around.

Movie Info

United 93 director Paul Greengrass explores the aftermath of the Iraq invasion in this feature adaptation of author Rajiv Chandrasekaran's literary exposť 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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for violence and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Brian Helgeland
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 22, 2010
Box Office: $33.1M
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Matt Damon
as Roy Miller
Greg Kinnear
as Clark Poundstone
Brendan Gleeson
as Martin Brown
Amy Ryan
as Lawrie Dayne
Antoni Corone
as Colonel Lyons
Yigal Naor
as Al Rawi
Said Faraj
as Seyyed Hamza
Aymen Hamdouchi
as Ayad Hamza
Sean Huze
as Conway
Raad Rawi
as Ahmed Zubaidi
Bijan Daneshmand
as Zubaidi's Aide
Bryan Reents
as Poundstone's Aide
Michael O'Neill
as Colonel Bethel
Allen Vaught
as Colonel Jonathan Vau...
Martin McDougall
as Brown's Aide
Driss Roukhe
as Tahir al-Malik
Faical Attougui
as Al Rawi Bodyguard
John Roberson
as Infantry Sergeant
Troy Brown
as Soldier at WMD Site
Paul Jones
as JMOC Soldier
Patrick St. Esprit
as Military Intel 2 Sta...
Tim Ahern
as General at VTC
Timothy Ahern
as General at VTC
Whitley Bruner
as Senior CIA Man at VT...
Intishal Al Timmi
as Hawkish Iraqi
Jamal Selamoui
as Hawkish Aide
Mohamed Kafi
as Iraqi Officer
Kadhum Sabur
as Mystery Man
Boubker Hilal
as Qasim's Aide
Thamou el Metouani
as Seyyed's Housekeeper
Naji El Jouhary
as Seyyed's Son
Aroun Benchkaroun
as Seyyed's Son
Hajar Machroune
as Seyyed's Daughter
William Oakes
as Camp Cropper Tech
Ziad Adwan
as Translator
Ian Bendel
as Camp Cropper Guard
Venie Joshua
as Camp Cropper Guard
Miguel Berroa
as Camp Cropper Guard
Peter Shayhorn
as Camp Cropper Guard
Miguel Palaugalarza
as Camp Cropper Warden
Christopher Lilly
as Camp Cropper Warden
Sabir Ed-Dayab
as Iraqi Prisoner
Omar Berdouni
as Righteous Ali
Alex Moore
as CIA Tech
Paul Cloutier
as Special Forces Tech
Wallace Bagwell
as Alpha Leader 1
William Meredith
as CPA Presser
Tommy Campbell
as Chopper Comms Comman...
James 'Kimo' Wills
as Chopper Comms Tech
Jered Bezemek
as Convoy Commander
Johnny Nilsson
as Republican Palace Re...
Salman Hassan
as Zubaidi Conference S...
Ammar Khdir
as Zubaidi Conference S...
Youssif Falah-Jassem
as Zubaidi Conference S...
Latif Al Anzi
as Zubaidi Conference S...
James Brown
as Soldier at WMD Site
Igal Naor
as Al Rawi
Michael Judge
as JMOC Tech
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Critic Reviews for Green Zone

All Critics (181) | Top Critics (43)

Green Zone is the rare miss from frequent collaborators Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

It's one thing for the filmmakers to (sort of) fictionalize real people, but Green Zone wraps up with a wish-fulfillment fantasy that is about as believable as watching reinforcements riding in to save Custer.

Full Review… | January 3, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

It takes a special kind of talent, the kind of talent that Paul Greengrass has, to make a movie as annoying as Green Zone.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

"Green Zone" simply offers up a fun, entertaining ride that has you on the edge of your seat throughout most of the film. If you are into the politics though, you may just find it a little more interesting.

Full Review… | October 1, 2012

This is a frenetic and powerful action flick that brings the fight to you.

Full Review… | July 30, 2012
7M Pictures

A reasonably gripping entertainment.

Full Review… | April 8, 2012

Audience Reviews for Green Zone


Paul Greengrass uses politics to mask what is ultimately a very generic Matt Damon vehicle.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

Paul Greengrass has made some terrific films in his career as a director. When he collaborates with Matt Damon, he always manages to create something entertaining and worth seeing. Green Zone is a highly entertaining action thriller set during the Iraq War. This is a well acted film that has a very good plot that makes this a very entertaining film from start to finish. The film focuses on an Army officer who hunts for Weapons of Mass Destruction, and comes out empty handed due to faulty intelligence reports. This is a tense film that is yet another strong directorial outing for Greengrass, who always knows how to create something memorable with his movies. Green Zone is a fine movie that has a strong cast that deliver some terrific performances. If you're looking for affine thriller, then give this one a shot, it definitely is an engaging picture that will grab your attention. Matt Damon is terrific in the role of Roy Miller, the army officer hunting for the WMD's. Paul Greengrass is a terrific filmmaker and he always picks some terrific ideas for movies. This is yet another well crafted film from a great director, and this is a must see for action fans. This is a tense ride from start to finish and it overcomes its flaws by delivering a well layered plot with great acting and tense, thrilling scenes that will keep you hooked till the final frame. Whenever Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon get together they make something special, and the result is displayed clearly in this well executed action thriller. I found that this film was a bit underrated and it deserves to be seen by film fans everywhere, and it ranks among the directors best works.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

An explosive and strickly tense edge of your seat thriller. A sharp, crisp and well-crafted film that stands with some of Director, Paul Greengreass`s most impressive work. Director, Paul Greengrass and Star, Matt Damon do it again and deliver the goods. Matt Damon is terrific. Also packs some solid performanaces from Jason Isaacs. Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear and Brendan Gleeson. A pulse-pounding and razor-edged action-packed thrill-ride from start to finish. An intensely dramatic and political look as well as the harsh dreaded realism of the atmosphere. It`s a gritty, thrilling and riveting movie. It stands on par with the Bourne films in style but is its own beast.

Al S

Super Reviewer

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