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gritty war thriller that scores political points,
This review is from: Green Zone [DVD] (DVD)
Most of the negative reviews of this are that it doesn't follow a simplistic patriotic line. Instead, in my view, it makes an attempt at realism, and it does make a political point: that we were dupes to local pols and then were too cowardly and dishonest to admit it. Sure, it is a political opinion, but what if it is true?
Damon gives an excellent performance, though I couldn't judge the realism of the military experience and must trust the other reviewers. It is suspenseful, scary, and moving. His personal quest - to figure out where the claims of WMD came from after he can't find them - is completely believable. Another aspect I liked was how hard it was on the press: rather than simple heros, they were flawed as well, duped by the administration and ashamed of it. Damon's American adversaries were believable brutes, if brave in their own ways. Finally, the Iraki Freddie, a helper who goes his own way in important details, was a very interesting twist.
This is up there with Syriana, you can see the complexity of what we have gotten ourselves into. Recommended.