• 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.


  • 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…


  • 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.


  • 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:


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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.


  • miriam

    ★★★★★ Watched by miriam 30 Jan, 2014



  • Mark Barrett

    ★★½ Watched by Mark Barrett 27 Jan, 2014

    Paul Greengrass directs this war thriller centred around the search for weapons of mass destruction. It stars Matt Damon as a US Army officer responsible for searching sites given to him by intelligence for the weapons. After discovering the intelligence is bad, he goes rogue and conducts his own search from his own source of intelligence.

    This is a film that, as I recall, was highly rated by the critics and public alike. Unfortunately, I just didn't get along with…


  • Gonçalo

    ★½ Rewatched by Gonçalo 21 Jan, 2014

    Technically good (Greengrass loves the shaky cam) but without any substance. The action scene and climax is way too long.


  • feedingbrett

    ★★★★ Rewatched by feedingbrett 30 Jun, 2013

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.


  • HD_Goofnut

    ★★★½ Added by HD_Goofnut

    Rewind 2003 and you'll remember that America had toppled Saddam's Republican Guard in Iraq and was able to secure most of the city of Baghdad within a few months so that the search for WMDs could begin. Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller is the head of a unit that is responsible for investigating WMD sites in and around Baghdad. After three different sites have come up empty Miller begins to question the reliability of the intelligence reports that are being…