• Cityzen Kano

    ★★★ Watched by Cityzen Kano 16 May, 2014 4

    For a thriller set in the middle of a war zone there is a distinct lack of tension in Green Zone. Paul Greengrass mistakenly swaps well designed action set-pieces for shaky camera control with the aim of creating a realistic view of events on the ground. He has always been accused of overusing the handheld style and this film only helps to reinforce that idea.

    Greengrass plays it more like a secret agent film than a war based saga, the…

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  • JaySalahi

    ★★★ Watched by JaySalahi 08 Jan, 2014

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    B-

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  • Mark C

    ★★★ Rewatched by Mark C 03 May, 2014

    I had started out this evening watching The Great Gatsby but that got jibbed after about 30 minutes. I'm not normally the harshest critic of Baz Luhrmann's visually opulent style - way back in 2001 I could not believe people were walking out of the cinema less than 10 minutes in to Moulin Rouge - but this was just too much tonight. The advances in CGI since '01 however made this offering look way too much like an Xbox game…

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  • Declan

    ★★½ Added by Declan

    The aftermath of the Second Gulf War and the search for WMDs provides the backdrop for a surprisingly toothless thriller, given the talent involved. Well-staged and action-packed, but offering little to engage the brain - I suspect the makers had more interesting discussions about it all off-camera than they managed to put on film.

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  • Fesapo

    ★★★½ Watched by Fesapo 07 Aug, 2010

    74/100

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  • Daniel Charchuk

    ★★★★ Watched by Daniel Charchuk 13 Mar, 2010

    It's no Hurt Locker...

    ...but it is really good. Greengrass' frenetic and exciting Bourne style seem perfectly suited to a war film, and there's just enough politics to balance out the action. I had issues with the climax, but that's a small complaint.

    But what the hell was Jason Isaacs doing slumming it as a (basically nameless) soldier? He did a terrific Yank accent, but was mostly wasted here.

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  • Brian

    ★★★ Rewatched by Brian 16 Mar, 2014

    It's so heavy handed. It's got it's message, like you're all sheep, I gotta tell you how much you were lied to, man! and it doesn't really care about anything else.

    I felt that way when it came out and now, just as strongly. Damon does a good job and the camera stuff, while out of sorts during some of the night jobs, is mostly pretty solid, doing that docu style Greengrass has been rocking since Bloody Sunday. A lot…

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  • Matthew Vallée

    ★★★ Watched by Matthew Vallée 16 Mar, 2014

    Fast paced and action packed with an engrossing conspiracy plot. For a war movie told from the US perspective this was actually very balanced and it wasn’t always clear which side was good or bad. The cinematography was very shaky and the constant movement made some scenes confusing to watch. At times the dialogue felt flat and was also a little information heavy but the overall story was engaging and the tense atmosphere helped hold interest.

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  • fatpie42

    ★★ Watched by fatpie42 22 Jun, 2010

    Saw this at the cinema quite a while ago and didn't really feel able to judge back then. Basically I wanted it to be good and it actually starts out really well. The problem is firstly that the twist is rather covoluted (which, to be fair, was never too much of a problem in the Bourne movies), but secondly that the final chase scene (which happens on foot) is too long, boring and ends with a rather stupid anti-climax. It's fun enough and probably worth watching, but there's significant flaws - particularly in the second half.

    My review is here:
    fatpie42.livejournal.com/62408.html

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  • kylegarvey

    ★★★½ Added by kylegarvey

    The first hour is engrossing and bold (even if the subject is dry at times), a much more balanced and nimble presentation of the Iraq War than THE HURT LOCKER. It explores big complicated politics with as much energy and as much success as it explores the smaller passions, violence, betrayals of the war. Greengrass and Damon make a very natural, effective team, and each seems to cover for the others' main weaknesses.

    But the last act squanders that promise…

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  • Pad Mastro

    ★★★★ Watched by Pad Mastro 07 Feb, 2014 2

    A pretty good film. Very tense and fast-paced, some gorgeous shots of warfare and jam-packed with a lot of information. And I want to emphasize that, because I think it's the aspect of the movie that either draws you in or pushes you away.

    I've followed the Iraq situation for a while from the media, seen some documentaries, series, I've read some books and I think I have an above average grasp of the facts and the timeline of the…

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  • TheCincyKid

    ★★★½ Added by TheCincyKid

    This movie was put on the inevitable hit list of those continuing to rationalize the fabricated intelligence we accepted as a justification to raid Iraq. Indeed, truth tends to be war's first casualty. Yes, the film too is fiction, uses implausible long-shots and implausibly puts one man in the middle of all the action. It is a thriller, not a documentary. But the facts ever present and the essence of the neocon injustices have by now been made very evident.

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