Green Zone : Bourne Takes Baghdad

Matt Damon trades amnesiac assassin for truth-seeking GI in this gritty, thrilling war fantasy

Matt Damon in Green Zone

Nobody goes to Iraq-war movies. Four or five years ago, at the height of the insurgency, that was because there were no Iraq-war movies. (Vietnam, while it raged, suffered the same Hollywood blackout.) But even when some directors grew a spine and attempted to dramatize the effects of the American adventure on its soldiers ( In the Valley of Elah ) and civilians ( Lions for Lambs ) or on U.S. foreign policy ( Rendition ), the response was tepid. No Middle East war film has earned even $50 million at the domestic box office, and the one that came closest, The Kingdom , was a...

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