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Green Zone - The Movie

Green Zone – The Movie


The missus and I decided to eschew ( remember that word, vocabu-philes? Nothing like dragging out a creaky word once in a while to challenge the ten-second blog readers) the theaters and saw this movie on our significantly smaller – albeit HD – screen at home.


I’m drawn to Matt Damon films, partly because I’m a vicarious adrenalin junkie, partly because I like a guy who can sass anybody in any field and make it stick, and partly because his films provoke (in me, at least) a different perspective on politics and other newsworthy events than the pablum our media feed an oh, so, easily disturbed public.


This one has to do with the weeks just preceding our initial 2003 romp through Iraq – you remember? The one precipitated by Saddam’s high stakes poker game with the world concerning weapons of mass destruction? If you’re a political junkie, as I am, you remember he did have WMDs – we gave ‘em to him in the Iran/Iraq war of the eighties. A proxy war in which we backed Iraq, and the Soviets backed Iran. But I digress.


Matt plays a chief warrant officer who heads up a team to find the WMDs the Prez used as an excuse to invade. These WMDs are still a cause to the neocon faithful and their acolytes, insisting that we simply haven’t found them. Or that Saddam, on the eve of war, moved them to Syria. The logistics of that seem laughable, but that’s a subject for another time.


Matt, of course, finds no WMDs. And as a significant aside, the movie – as the best historical fiction and movies do – "what if"s the role the Iraqi army could have played during those early weeks in stabilizing the nation and undercutting the compulsion to insurgency that actually did follow our invasion.


The movie critics remained blasé about Green Zone – just another fast-paced action flick, they said, and with an all too predictable plot. Partly true, I suppose, but the what-iffing was the real draw here. Probably more probable than some of Oliver Stone’s similar suppositions.


Matt essentially plays himself here – and he’s an person who burns with understated emotion on the screen. It was smart for him to be cast in this way - not as a star, per se, but as one of many players in the U.S.'s latest unfortunate adventure in the Middle East. Particularly since the storyline  - and the fictional suppositions – hit so close to close to contemporary history.


My rating 4 of 5 stars