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Green Zone

Published August 7, 2010

Green Zone

Film info

  • Title Green Zone
  • Director Paul Greengrass
  • Year 2010
  • Run time 1hr 54m
  • Genres War, Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
  • Tagline Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller is done following orders

Academy Award nominees Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass 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.

Live blog

TimeComment
1:36An explosive start to a film. It looks very scary out there.
2:12Is it wrong I always get slightly excited by the name Sayid, even if it’s spelt differently?
5:13You have to be good at thinking quickly in the Army. I would fail, very quickly.
8:41Ah, is this the moment when they realise there are no WMDs?
13:16When they say Intel, the little jingle runs through my head.
13:37I’m surprised they’re allowed to make a film about the lack of WMD. A very sensitive subject.
17:09The thing about living in the desert is that there is no colour. Green trees, red scarves all get muted by the dust.
18:59Blimey. Saddam’s palace is huge!
20:13Is it wrong I also get excited by the name Marty?
20:59“Democracy is messy” is no excuse.
22:08I don’t think I would do well in Iraq with their kissing greeting. I struggle enough with just shaking hands.
25:01I have nothing on the name Freddie.
26:34I like his Britney mic.
31:35Surely he’s going to get into trouble for just shooting at people without a mission?
33:25They have ACTUAL playing cards? I thought that was just a media thing.
38:12I don’t suppose it instills much confidence in the locals if the army are fighting each other.
40:29“Whatever you want here, I want more than you want.”
47:39I like the idea that Google knows about the source before he did.
54:34I need to brush up on all the different US agencies. I’m a bit confused.
56:58They aren’t fazed by the money?
1:06:21Okay, I’m a lot confused. I thought I was doing quite well though.
1:08:58I like Freddie.
1:16:58Also now officially a fan of Matt Damon.
1:17:19Mr C has explained things to me. We are back on track.
1:22:22How can they sit on the edge of the helicopter door, waiting for it to touch down? I would fall out!
1:26:17I cannot take people seriously when they measure distance in “clicks.” Grrrr.
1:35:42There’s quite a lot of gunfire and wobbly camerawork happening. I can’t really tell who is who. I hope this doesn’t go on for the next 20 minutes.
1:37:26Phew.
1:39:20What are they still shooting at in the background?
1:41:05I see no Mark Austin.
1:44:33She smiled. I woulda thought she’d be annoyed not to get an exclusive.
1:48:02Nine minutes of credits?

Conclusions

I think we have already established that I have a growing obsession with Matt Damon. I’m not normally a war type film person, but there’s something about the trailer of this one (maybe Matt?) that made me want to watch it. So, here goes.

So, this was not an easy film to watch by any stretch, but I liked it. I learnt some things, and I was proud when I was following the story (not so proud when I wasn’t). Mr C said he was disappointed he couldn’t play the “who’s that, what have they been in” game, but I think that added to the film a bit. Less distracting. I want to read the book it was loosely based on, but it’s not available on the Kindle. Boo.

Rating: 3 / 5

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