The Green Zone is the common name for the International Zone of Iraq — a 10-square-kilometer area in central Baghdad, Iraq, that was the center of the Coalition Provisional Authority and remains the center of the international presence in the city. This movie is a political conspiracy thriller set in the beginning of the Iraq war and the politics surrounding the search for Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Roy Miller, played by Matt Damon, is the leader of a team searching for WMD’s at strategic locations around Iraq. These locations came from from a well-protected and highly regarded source in the US army, but after several operations without success, Miller starts to question this intel and begins digging. He finds an ally at the CIA which pushes him in the right direction and gives him the means and authority to execute his plans to capture the Iraqi General, Al Rawi, who is believed to be the key to the whole war.
The first few minutes of the movie felt like being on the battleground in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 — There were the same weapons, clothes and similar enemies. After yet again coming to terms with the Green Zone not being a Bourne movie, it could be enjoyed for what it truly is.
The movie is suprisingly fast-paced, and gets going immediately and holds the viewer in its grip right until the very end. There are plenty of hand-held shaky camera scenes, which most of the time enhanced the experience, making the terror and drama more intimate and real.
There was a scene where there was a sniper in a tall building were shooting at the team, which immediately brings a similar scene to mind — in Lebanon, there is the exact same scenario, however, since this is an American movie, there is no fear and everything always goes as planned.
Since this is a movie about the Iraq war and the controversies surrounding it, there are lots of facts thrown in there (like former president Bush holding a speech) and fiction are interweaved to make the story more real. Even though the movie is a fiction, having real facts and people brings a whole new dimension to the genre itself.
To conclude, if you go in expecting to see a Bourne blood-bath, don’t bother, but if you are expecting a combination of politics and moral dilemmas, you are in for a treat!
It is said that the movie is supposedly based on the novel Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a journalist for The Washington Post.