Green Zone

“Days like today are when its a bad thing living so close to the theater. I figure, its only two blocks, so I dont think too much of running out in the freezing and pouring rain with just one extra layer. Its when Im past the point of no return, waiting in the middle of the road for traffic to pass, that I realize that maybe it wasn’t the best idea to leave the Hellmouth. Whoops.

To be honest, if it weren’t for Matt Damon, I really dont think I woulda bothered with Green Zone. The trailer reminded me too much of The Kingdom from a couple years ago. But Matt Damon can put just about anything on my high priority movie list. So I ran out in the previously mentioned freezing rain.

The jury’s still out on whether or not it was worth it. Thankfully, it was much better than The Kingdom. But it was nowhere near the awesome of The Hurt Locker, not that I had any expectations of it approaching that level. I was thinking on it at one point while I was spacing out, and one of the things that made Locker so great was that it completely left out the politics. It was all about the soldiers. Green Zone had a somewhat complicated (or at least it seemed that way to me) government corruption plot, that I couldnt quite get into. Scenes that were more focused on the characters are what I better connected with.

Speaking of characters, did like Matt Damon’s conscience driven soldier. And Damon’s performance was effortless, but the movie felt somewhat beneath him. My fave character, however, was Freddy–the Iraqi national helping out the Americans. Something about him just had me captivated, and those were the scenes I was really invested in. Happy to see Greg Kinnear, particularly in a more serious role than Im used to for him.

I dunno, I dont really think I gained too much by risking catching a cold from catching this movie today. Guess its kinda easy to figure out why the release of this movie was so delayed, yeah?

Green Zone – \m/ \m/

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