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I really enjoyed this action mystery. Greengrass's docu-style directing isn't for everyone but I think it makes the viewers feel like they're there with all the other troops. Recommended
its a well made film, lots of tense action, but i started to loose interest by the final third of the movie. there is just not enough in the storyline to drive the film to the credits with style. a shame.
This film was almost good.
Strengths: I liked the direction by Paul Greengrass. He's usually strong and he nailed many of the war scenes. Matt Damon (Roy Miller) is solid as the lead, though I didn't care much for his chemistry with the rest of the cast. I found the intrigue of what was going down to be well setup. It was fun to try and figure out what exactly was happening.
Weaknesses: Though the mystery was solid, the script was ripe with clichés. It was as if the screenwriters saw several war dramas and political thrillers and decided to just shoehorn them all in. None of the cast seem to bring their best, as even Damon, who was solid, has been much better in almost everything else. It didn't help that they were given generic characters to work with. None have any real growth or much behind what's on the surface.
Overall: Another quick review, but this one is of a movie that seemed to go on forever. The action and mystery are fine. The script, cast, and characters offer little to nothing.
pretty much in red zone..
Green Zone is a plot driven action thriller about the conspirators who are in privileged positions and are taken down by the soldiers working underneath them. This action-political and war-crime genre feature is definitely not reliable on the rudimentary process of the cat and chase theme.
In fact, if anything it uses the uncertainty of the trajectory that is milked out through all perspective in order to keep the thrill alive. But as much as gripping it is, all its big guns seems to be spent upon directing it towards keeping the audience tangled in its explosive bubble and somehow forgets to make a definite point out of it which takes out the heat from the soul. As mentioned, the narrative is gripping and adaptive but definitely not layered and thought provoking, at best if anything it provides the cheats and tricks with a better execution no matter how predictable.
The background score is decent, cinematography and editing is fine with sharp sound effects and quite a busy camera work that unfortunately doesn't allow the viewers to even breathe in. Damon is convincing in his tired and gasping portrayal that is aptly competent with a support from brilliant cast like Kinnear, Ryan and Gleeson.
Greengrass aces on executing a nail-biting action thriller and with a sharp even though wafer thin script like such, he factors in effectively and elevates the sequences to his best. The careful step by step structure that it follows is both its pro and con, since it is appreciative but at the end is all moot, ipso facto it aches you to encounter such talent and skills go waste by on something like such narrow vision.
Green Zone might be a big "go" for the audience and the commercial aspects of it but as far as the actors and makers are concerned they are pretty much in red zone.
The story is adding drama and killings that were a bit much. Otherwise, good acting and realistic scenes.
Though it may be unsettling to some due to its political nature, it does a great service to one of the most influential events of the modern era. The cinematography moves like a Bourne film(Greengrass) but it's the plot that keeps the viewer intrigued. All around, a solid movie that pays respects to the troops who have and continue to serve in Iraq.
Ok movie. While there's no denying the action is thrilling and well-executed, the direction is stylish and Damon delivers a solid lead performance, the characters are too cliched and the plot is too formulaic.
Green Zone feels like every other Middle Eastern war movie. Shaky cam antics and a predictable plot fail to elevate this film above its peers.
It's good movie to watch