Bourne heads for Iraq…
Cast: Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Jason Isaacs, Brendan Glesson & Amy Ryan
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Screenplay by: Brian Helgeland
Sergeant Miller (Damon) is posted to Iraq to assist in justifying the war by finding Weapons Of Mass Destruction. After several failed attempts at finding any kind of evidence of the weapons, Miller starts to ask tricky questions and before he knows it, his own people are out to get him.
Director Paul Greengrass is now a seasoned pro at delivering an action blockbuster that is as exciting as it is intelligent. Sticking with his Bourne leading man, Matt Damon, Greengrass delves into the Iraq war. More specifically, the murky issue of Weapons Of Mass Destruction.
Damon’s Sergeant Roy Miller sure resembles Jason Bourne but how could he not, he’s as tough and able and keeps asking questions, of course though this time he is asking the question we were all asking after the invasion; where are they?
Just last year, The Hurt Locker managed to do some proper cinematic justice to the men fighting for their country in the Iraq conflict, and now Green Zone emerges as the first picture to successfully use the war as a template for an exciting and enthralling action blockbuster with plenty of substance too.
The political subtext is just that, with Greengrass making sure the political side of things are kept in the background and keeping the intense action in the foreground allowing the pace to never let up.
A couple of characters are wasted along the way, sadly including The Wire’s Amy Ryan as a determined journalist. But there are meatier roles for Brits Brendan Gleason and Jason Isaacs and the duo both deliver, especially Isaacs, clearly relishing his tough-as-nails army Sergeant.
There are no easy answers here, including the climax that offers no real closure to proceedings but of course that just neatly mirrors the reality of the Iraq war, which is still far from over.