Green Zone [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
|List Price:||CDN$ 14.99|
|Price:||CDN$ 12.97 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25. Details|
|You Save:||CDN$ 2.02 (13%)|
Frequently Bought Together
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Academy Award nominees Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum) reteam in this action-packed thriller. Damon stars as Roy Miller, a rogue U.S. Army officer who must hunt through covert and faulty intelligence hidden on foreign soil before war escalates in an unstable region. Also starring Academy Award nominees Greg Kinnear and Amy Ryan, Green Zone is “one hell of a thriller” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times).
Matt Damon reteams with his Bourne Supremacy director to create a thriller grounded in contemporary politics: the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Damon) travels across war-torn Iraq, pursuing the intelligence he's been given, but every site indicated comes up empty of WMDs. Investigating the source of the intelligence, he finds himself caught between CIA agent Martin Brown (Brendan Gleeson, 28 Days Later) and politician Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear, Little Miss Sunshine) over the identity of "Magellan," the supposed source. As Miller tracks down an Iraqi general, he ends up further and further afield, facing danger from all sides. It's hard to say which is the greater accomplishment--that Green Zone manages to turn a still-volatile political issue into a propulsive action movie, or that it manages to depict Iraqi people as individuals with a wide range of responses to what's happened to their country. Damon's performance is low-key but effective as Miller tries to maintain some semblance of moral clarity in a circumstance that muddies everything. Also featuring Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) as a compromised journalist and Khalid Abdalla (The Kite Runner) as an Iraqi civilian who gets dragged into far more than he expected. --Bret Fetzer
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
Matt Damon carries this movie with an evenly played intensity that never goes over the top. If you're wondering why the military scenes are so well done, you'll learn on the extras that the soldiers playing soldiers in the movie are soldiers. They were also culled from these same army units that were sent out to find these non-existent WMDs.
The director is Paul Greengrass who did the last two Bourne movies with Damon so you get that same level of action but this time it's far better played. Whereas the first Bourne movie (The Bourne Identity) done by Doug Liman stands head and shoulders above the Greengrass follow-ups, Green Zone shows Greengrass knows how to scale it down to a more human level without the action impeding too much on the story.
Kudos to the casting, especially Khalid Abdalla who becomes the translator for Damon's military unit virtually by accident.
The DVD is definitely worth the price as you get to see the story behind hiring actual soldiers to fill the military roles and the way the filmmakers turned Morocco into the war-torn streets of Baghdad.
But is it true? The plot is basically saying that the West went into Iraq purporting to be looking for Saddam's WMD's, but already knowing that there were none. But when Saddam's son-in-law defected to Jordan, he brought crates - not just one, - but crates full of documentation regarding the WMD's. Vice Air Marshall General George Sada of the Iraqi Air Force has publicly stated that before the Western armies arrived, 56 passenger aircraft were emptied of seats etc., and loaded with WMD's and flown to Syria. (I suspect myself that there were probably more buried where they could not be found, but as yet, we don't know that for sure).And even if they did not find any at that time, does any rational person believe that there never were any in the first place?
Which brings me to my next point, which is that there is a subtle undertone in this film that Saddam was not really such a bad fellow after all, and we were too hard on him really. (Read some actual accounts of people who lived through his dictatorship and it is obvious that he was a barbaric monster with the power of life and death over every citizen of Iraq, and he ruled by absolute terror.) There is also a rather anti-American, anti-West spirit which prevails throughout. I am rather weary of this "West bashing" which one sees so much of now, and it is not only foolish PC rubbish, but also not historically accurate. Western countries have much to be proud of, and if we all knew our history better, we would be aware of that fact.
It was still, however, an entertaining film with Matt Damon doing what he does best and, perhaps, it isn't fair to compare it to the Bournes. It was interesting to see a big Hollywood film showing the American administration in such a poor light - most refreshing.
Lots of action, not a lot of plot; not brilliant, but not bad either.
Most recent customer reviews
As all Matt Damon movies, this one was good and clean (except a few swear words and several people die but nothing too graphic).Published 14 days ago by Lesley Stewart
This movie shows the stark, ugly truth about the invasion of Iraq, and doesn't glorify the United States military like most Hollywood movies do. Nothing is sugar coated. Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. Nilsson
Very good dvd and lot of good memories about it I just adore it and recommanded it to all my friendsPublished 21 months ago by Claude Couillard
Look for similar items by category
- Movies & TV > Action & Adventure
- Movies & TV > Drama
- Movies & TV > En français > Action, Aventure, Policier et Thriller > Action
- Movies & TV > En français > Action, Aventure, Policier et Thriller > Guerre
- Movies & TV > En français > Action, Aventure, Policier et Thriller > Policier et Thriller
- Movies & TV > En français > Drame
- Movies & TV > En français > Fantastique, Horreur et Science-fiction > Horreur et Épouvante
- Movies & TV > Horror
- Movies & TV > Military & War
- Movies & TV > Mystery & Suspense