Published on July 23rd, 2010 | by Chris0
Green Zone (2010)
Yeah, there were no WMD's in Iraq. And we pretty much know why, and why we thought there were. Green Zone attempts to, well, I dunno, explain a bit of that? Maybe. I think. At least Chief Miller (Matt Damon) and "spook" Martin Brown (Brendan Gleeson) want to, while other elements in "spook" Poundstone's (Greg Kinnear) camp would rather the truth not be known.
I think what we've got here is an attempt to show how the political bullsh*t that is now a part of the US war efforts is the root of our problems. That and the (obvious in the film) secondary message that we shouldn't even be in Iraq. Which makes the film a political statement and somewhat nullifying the first aim.... My head hurts. Anyway.
What else can I say? It plays out like your average "espionage thriller" might. Sleazy good guys vs. Sleazy not quite so good guys vs. the "bad guys" vs. the guy caught in the middle. But its not nearly as complex and intricate as it could be.
Don't get me wrong, the action sequences are pretty good, as you'd expect from "Bourne" director Paul Greengrass. The settings and dressings are also top notch, big kudos from a production standpoint to be sure.
But like a lot of Blu-ray's I've seen lately, this suffers big time from the "low light digital noise" issue I see in a lot of films on blu lately. Several scenes are barely discernible through the haze of it, and often times different shots (presumably from different cameras) in the same sequence will flip back and forth between crystal clear true blacks to this pixelized fog of, well, crap. I hate it. It's not film grain, at least I hope not, as it varies so much between shots, and even from the darks to lights in the same shot. Why can't somebody fix this? (end rant)
Anyway, I wasn't all that impressed with Green Zone. I'm not sure what I *was* expecting exactly, but I didn't find it here. Average acting, average story, I was just left with a "meh" feeling, which is what I'm giving Green Zone overall...
Green Zone [Blu-ray]
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Academy Award® nominees Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum) reteam in this action-packed thriller. Damon stars as Roy Miller, a rogue U.S. Army officer who must hunt through covert and faulty intelligence hidden on foreign soil before war escalates in an unstable region...
DVD InformationBinding: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Brand: Universal Studios
Manufacturer: Universal Pictures
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- Matt Damon
- Jason Isaacs
Summary: Sleazy good guys vs. Sleazy not quite so good guys vs. the "bad guys" vs. the guy caught in the middle. But its not nearly as complex and intricate as it could be