Reviewed by: Walter Ruggieri
IRAQ—What is the significance of Iraq in the Bible? Answer
Spies in the Bible
How does the Qur’an compare to the Book of Genesis on the great events of history (Creation, Fall, Flood and confusion of languages)? Answer
War in the Bible
What is the Biblical perspective on war? Answer
|Featuring:||Matt Damon (Miller), Greg Kinnear (Clark Poundstone), Jason Isaacs (Briggs), Brendan Gleeson (Martin Brown), Amy Ryan (Lawrie Dayne), Yigal Naor (Al Rawi—as Igal Naor), See all »|
|Director:||Paul Greengrass—“The Bourne Supremacy,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “United 93”|
|Producer:||Universal Pictures, Studio Canal (France), Relativity Media, Working Title Films (UK), Antena 3 Films (Spain), See all »|
“Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller is done following orders”
Inspired by the book: Imperial Life in the Emerald City.
The “Green Zone” is a war movie about Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller who leads a team of soldiers in search of weapons of mass destruction a few weeks after the invasion of Iraq. After failing to find weapons of mass destruction (WMD), Miller (played by Matt Damon) goes off on his own to discover the truth about the veracity of intelligence regarding WMDs. The movie is full of intrigue, suspense, power plays, turf wars, military and civilian rivalry, twists, and a host of other elements that attempt to create belief in conspiracy, deception, and out right fraud, in regards to weapons of mass destruction and the reason for invading Iraq.
From a technical perspective, “Green Zone” is very well crafted. The movie is well filmed, well acted, well edited, well scored, and clearly well directed. The war scenes felt authentic and realistic. The special effects and stunt work expertly accomplished. The style of filming might not appeal to some though, since it is jarring, fast paced, and chaotic at times (which is the trade mark style of the director Paul Greengrass).
“Green Zone” is a war film, and thus has explicit and graphic violence (including moderate to heavy blood) and profuse profanity (too many occurrences to count, including 10 misuses of God’s names). There is no nudity or sexual immorality, except for a swimming pool scene that includes some women in bikini tops and a few shirtless men.
Unfortunately, “Green Zone” is a typical Hollywood war movie. Since the Vietnam War, Hollywood continues to make war movies mostly from a leftist ideology and perspective. For example, US commanders (and all other officers, no matter what nationality) are depicted as dimwits and only the non-commissioned officers know what to do. Soldiers are always on a worthless mission, not worth dying for. Mostly innocent people die. The US goes to war on a faulty, if not fraudulent, reason. And, of course, those responsible for running the war are morons, imbeciles, political hacks, and outright criminals. “Green Zone” is basically a piece of well filmed political propaganda (which has been done many times before).
In war, there is always “bad stuff.” But, sometimes, war is justified and necessary. If it wasn’t for the sacrifice of our men and women in the military, it would not have been possible to even make “Green Zone”!
Note: To the men and women who have served our nation and are currently serving our nation: thank you, and may God richly bless you.
Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Minor
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