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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 27 February 2014
Given the news pre-release about budget over runs and the shredding it got from critics on release I was not expecting much but I find Damon one of the more interesting actors around in Hollywood currently, so bought the DVD.

Enough has been stated in other reviews about the script - its lack of characterization of the main parts and a pretty foreseeable if inconclusive end - but it does have one thing going for it which it it imparts better than any other film I have seen on Iraq the sheer mess post invasion that developed and was depicted well in the better written books covering that period especially "Assassin's Gate". The early stages of over reaction and naivete in US handling of the Iraqi populace and trying to control its politics for US ends show how the seeds of future issues of Abu Ghraib prison and the ongoing conflict were sown.

Many have commented on the endless jump action and the related camera problems but in reality this does not hit you as a general viewer that much and for me even added to the whole hubris of the situation being depicted. What does defeat me is the US government villains plot and who can you trust scenario - that a soldier in Damon's role and position would be left to roam around and interfere as he did seems the most ludicrous part alongside an Iraqi dissident who seems to have seven lives as he teams up with Damon.

A bit more time in pre-shoot script preparation or maybe even stopping later post production re-writing of the story and this might have been a great film!
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