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Mission Finally Accomplished - Matt Damon and his WMD of a movie 'Green Zone' confirm the big lie
Houston Press ^ | Thursday, Mar 11 2010 | By J. Hoberman

Posted on 03/12/2010 10:37:06 AM PST by a fool in paradise

Better late than never — a bang-bang pulse-pounder predicated on the Bush administration's deliberate fabrication of WMDs in Iraq. Paul Greengrass's expertly assembled Green Zone has evidently been parked for some time on Universal's shelf. Had the movie been released during the 2008 election season, it might have been something more than entertainment. Still, Green Zone, which could have more accurately been titled Told You So, Jerk-Off!, does gain some coincidental topicality for opening just days after the Iraqi elections and the release of Karl Rove's new book, Courage and Consequence, even if the zeitgeist has moved on, with the unwinnable war now in Afghanistan and the Bush disaster barely a memory.

Liberals, take such solace as you can. Green Zone is at least a credible piece of movie-making — easily grasped as an amalgam of Greengrass's artfully vérité docudramas, Bloody Sunday and United 93, and his Matt Damonized conspiratorial thrillers, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. A master of smash-mash montage and choreographed chaos, Greengrass is the best action director working today, adroit at producing the sense of everyone converging and everything happening simultaneously. From the opening frenzy of hopped-up shock-and-awe panic among the Iraqi leadership to the frantic final chopper chase through the back alleys of downtown Baghdad, the movie is nonstop havoc. You catch your breath only to have the wind knocked out by the mirage of the carefree scene around the Green Zone swimming pool.

Green Zone is set in the early months of the Iraq war and seen through the eyes of Matt Damon's chief warrant officer, parachuted in from a Universal story conference to find Saddam's hidden Weapons of Mass Destruction. After three successive sites yield nothing but mobs of looters and calcified pigeon shit, Damon is pissed; what's more, he has the guts to stand up at a mass briefing and complain. Boldly asking for the intel source, he's slapped down by the brass, brushed off by his CO and told by a Pentagon smoothie (Greg Kinnear) that "Democracy is messy." Then, following a tip by a friendly Iraqi (Khalid Abdalla), Damon begins to get the picture and sense the fix, even as the Defense Department operatives initiate what amounts to a cover-up coup against the (here good-guy) CIA.

Greengrass's pyrotechnics aside, Green Zone works mainly because of the hardworking, always-credible Damon. The ultimate good soldier in Saving Private Ryan, the cleverest of con men in The Talented Mr. Ripley, Damon is still a juvenile at 40. He has made a career of alternately projecting and parodying boyish idealism, sometimes in the same movie (e.g., The Informant!). For Green Zone, he's Bourne again with a difference, a gung-ho figure of incredulous righteous indignation. If there are no WMDs in Iraq, then What's the Muthaf***in' Deal?

No characters have any more depth than that, but Greengrass has a knack for visual shorthand (a whiff of Abu Ghraib, a taste of "Mission Accomplished") and stereotypes in motion. He gets maximum mileage out of the twitch beneath Kinnear's Rum-dumb diffidence, the pained flicker of acknowledgment when smart-ass reporter Amy Ryan realizes she's been played for a chump, and CIA man Brendan Gleeson's galumphing kick-away-the-barstool call to arms. And hats off to Greengrass and screenwriter Brian Helgeland for allowing Abdalla's everyman Iraqi patriot to intervene with the movie's big unanswerable line: "Eet eez not for you Amer-r-ricans to decide wot hoppenz heere!"

As black and white as Helgeland's script is, the movie may still be too nuanced for mass consumption. As Damon's idealism merges with realpolitik, the ultimate issue is whether to deal or not with a Ba'athist general. In the end, though, action trumps logic. Damon's two-fisted, patriotic mega-rogue Boy Scout cum investigative soldier is a far less likely figure than the thrill-crazy hero of The Hurt Locker — grabbing Kinnear by his collar and hissing, "Do you have any idea what you've done here!?" while Ryan stands by wincing in shame. That kiss-off is a bonanza of false consolation that transports the movie into the fantasy zone of Inglourious Basterds.


TOPICS: Conspiracy; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: antiamericanism; bds; conspiracytheory; hollywoodreds; iraqwar; pravdamedia; revisionisthistory; thebiglie

1 posted on 03/12/2010 10:37:07 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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2 posted on 03/12/2010 10:39:46 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise
As black and white as Helgeland's script is, the movie may still be too nuanced for mass consumption.

LOL. We're all too stupid, doncha know.

Meaning this movie will do about as well as the other politicized pieces of doggie squeeze regarding Iraq Hollywood has turned out in the past 8 years. Will the idiots ever learn.

3 posted on 03/12/2010 10:45:35 AM PST by skeeter
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To: a fool in paradise
a bang-bang pulse-pounder predicated on the Bush administration's deliberate fabrication of WMDs in Iraq.

Do any of the liberal conspiracy nuts ever stop to consider that if Bush actually fabricated evidence of WMDs in Iraq, as they claim, he could just as easily have fabricated WMDs to be discovered in Iraq? The mindlessness of the anti-war left never ceases to amaze. Like all of the other anti-Bush Iraq war movies, this one will be loved by liberal movie reviewers. No one else will see it.
4 posted on 03/12/2010 10:46:50 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: a fool in paradise
As black and white as Helgeland's script is, the movie may still be too nuanced for mass consumption.

Translation - It may be too intellectual for you "little people".

5 posted on 03/12/2010 10:48:52 AM PST by Clock King (There's no way to fix D.C.)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
even if the zeitgeist has moved on, with the unwinnable war now in Afghanistan and the Bush disaster barely a memory.

The Bush disaster in Iraq. Uh huh. No 3-state "solution" in Iraq. No Saddam Hussein funding international terrorism (in Israel for example) and seeking WMD (he was seeking them and in repeated violation of the 1991 peace terms).

This same Village Voice Media paper has an ad for the screening of a new 9-11 truther film at an Episcopal church.

6 posted on 03/12/2010 10:57:39 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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I can’t even stand Matt Damon.


7 posted on 03/12/2010 11:00:25 AM PST by Shimmer1 (We can't control the wind... but we can adjust the sails.)
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To: a fool in paradise
As black and white as Helgeland’s script is, the movie may still be too nuanced for mass consumption

Transltion : It’s full of loony left, pro-Al Quaeda, anti-American lies and propaganda. Matt Damon is a pathetic, sad, deranged, hate-filled, little man.

8 posted on 03/12/2010 11:03:31 AM PST by SmokingJoe
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Leave it to someone who will willingly write the words...

"bang-bang pulse-pounder, amalgam of Greengrass's artfully vérité docudramas, always-credible Damon, twitch beneath Kinnear's Rum-dumb diffidence, galumphing, and two-fisted, patriotic mega-rogue Boy Scout cum investigative soldier"

...as a mindless dolt who will think that the (arguably) most anti-American movie of our time is a rollicking good time.

I hope Americans stay away from this POS in droves.

9 posted on 03/12/2010 11:06:53 AM PST by AngryJawa (Obama's Success is America's Failure)
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I still remember watching “Top Gun” in the theater and hearing a lady in front of me remark of how good of a fighter pilot Tom Cruise is.

So many idiots think what they see is fact in Hollyweird.


10 posted on 03/12/2010 11:09:18 AM PST by Pavegunner72
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Green Zone works mainly because of the hardworking, always-credible Damon. The ultimate good soldier in Saving Private Ryan, the cleverest of con men in The Talented Mr. Ripley, Damon is still a juvenile at 40. He has made a career of alternately projecting and parodying boyish idealism, sometimes in the same movie (e.g., The Informant!). For Green Zone, he's Bourne again with a difference, a gung-ho figure of incredulous righteous indignation

And if one doesn't know the type-casting of Matt Damon, none of this matters. Especially if the audience is more aware of his antiAmerican liberalism.

11 posted on 03/12/2010 11:12:52 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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I picture theaters empty except for two or three liberal film hacks.


12 posted on 03/12/2010 11:14:11 AM PST by Yardstick
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Hey! He’s in the Film Actors Guild isn’t he?


13 posted on 03/12/2010 11:26:55 AM PST by joelt
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Yeah, that too.


14 posted on 03/12/2010 11:27:32 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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The movie is pretty lame. A fictitious mid-manager WMD hide and seek flick. I don’t see anyone wasting a free movie pass on it...

I kept on the edge of my seat - that position forces me not to fall asleep...
(saw it on the net already)


15 posted on 03/12/2010 11:28:29 AM PST by libertarian27 (Land of the FEE, home of the SHAMED)
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To: a fool in paradise
tom hanks... matt demon and ben affffffflaaaaaaack... all dead to me... never will watch their crap again. george looney too!

LLS

16 posted on 03/12/2010 11:33:07 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (Wolverine)
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There’s a conspiracy theory that Matt and Ben didn’t really write Good Will Hunting.


17 posted on 03/12/2010 11:35:29 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise

the comment field there is excellent for freeping the film, Damon and the leftist “film critic” Hoberman.


18 posted on 03/12/2010 11:55:49 AM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: a fool in paradise

I can believe that.

LLS


19 posted on 03/12/2010 1:20:39 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Wolverine)
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The public gave up on waiting for them to write another film together.


20 posted on 03/12/2010 1:22:33 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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I am not certain afffffflaaaaaaack can write his name.

LLS


21 posted on 03/12/2010 8:31:13 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Wolverine)
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