Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The "Green Zone" rocks...

On the weekend of the seventh anniversary of the Iraq War, I saw Matt Damon, Brendan Gleeson, Greg Kinnear, Amy Ryan, Jason Issacs and a host of others (including Iraq War vets playing themselves!) simply rock the house in the "Green Zone".  Only, very few people were there for my Sunday matinĂ©e.  I don't know why not.  With our country threatening to invade Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq still a mess, why more people wouldn't want to see a movie whose punchline is: "The reasons matter! The reasons we go to war always matter!" Damon gets to say these words in full flak-jacket military dress while grabbing the lapels of Greg Kinnear's suit!

This is a great movie.  Thrilling, uncompromising, action-packed, and direct. Damon plays the entire movie as a hero, without the sense of confusion or pathos in his Bourne characters.  "We're here to do a job and come home safe. The reasons don't matter," says Damon's no. 1 to him in the movie.  "Well they matter to me," says Damon character (Warrant Sargent Roy Miller).   Indeed.

I've never been to Baghdad or been part of the military.  (Hell, I've never been to Washington D.C. or New York either.) So I don't know whether it is believable in the heat of a confused battle for a non-commissioned officer to break ranks with his higher authority and work with the CIA station chief.  I don't know if Special Forces members are allowed to punch out other members of their army like Issacs does to Damon.  But I know this - this is a damn good movie.  See at the Regal Sehome 3  before it goes away...

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