Green Zone (5/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 115 minutes (with
10 minutes of end credits).
Not for children.
I am getting sick of
Hollywood leftists changing stories to make America look bad. This
script, written by Brian Helgeland, is based on Rajiv Chandresekaranís
nonfiction book about the ineptitude of the U.S. action in Iraq.
Unfortunately, Helgeland converts ineptitude into intentional
misrepresentation of the presence of WMD by the Bush Administration,
represented by Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear), who is just evil.
Most fair observers can
agree that the U.S. was inept (not just the Republican Bush
Administration, but all the democrat supporters of the action, too, and
it was a vast majority of them), but to make a major movie that is based
on malfeasance instead of misfeasance is just beyond the pale, although
it fits into Hollywood Star Matt Damonís leftwing views. Whatís really
sad here is that a very good movie could have been made attacking what
should be attacked, the way the U.S. entered and conducted the war.
Chief Miller (Damon) is in
Iraq in 2003 to find Weapons of Mass Destruction, but every time he goes
where they are supposed to be, they arenít. Naturally as the movie
progresses, Miller becomes more and more disillusioned and he finds that
the U.S. has intentionally manufactured the WMD story out of whole cloth
just to get into the war.
Itís too bad that the movie
chose to take such a partisan view of things, because few doubt that the
American government mishandled the situation. While weíre at it, the
only Presidents I can remember who started major wars since the Indian
wars started by Andrew Jackson and continued through the 19th
Century, are both named Bush. Maybe the incursion by Bush I was
justified since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and Saudi Arabia was
probably next. But there was little justification for Bush II to start a
major war. Both were major departures from American precedent.
General Douglas McArthur is
famous for warning against engaging in a land war in Asia against the
Chinese. But engaging in a war against Muslims in the Middle East was
equal folly. This movie wouldnít have lost any of its verisimilitude if
it had just followed Hanlonís Razor, which states, ďnever attribute to
malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.Ē The premise
of the movie is that those who got us into this mess did without a firm
belief that there were WMD, a position that, so far, has no basis in
The Americans had the best
of all worlds in the Middle East, the minority Sunnis controlled Iraq
and the majority Shiites controlled Iran and they have hated each other
for more than a millennium. So what did we do? We gave control of Iraq
to Shiites! Ill-advised, yes; deliberately fraudulent, no.
Interesting, however, is
that Paul Greengrass, a director who seems to be unable to make an
unentertaining movie, and Helgeland never once mention Islam. For
someone to make a movie about the Iraq war and not even mention Islam is
as irresponsible as making a movie like this and basing it on an
indefensible main premise.
Even so, the enormously
talented Greengrass uses hand-held cameras (Barry Ackroyd) and terrific
music (John Powell) to keep the action moving non-stop. If you can
ignore the political bias, itís an entertaining film. But thatís tough