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Green Zone

action & adventure, thrillers

Matt Damon and the director of The Bourne Ultimatum re-team in this action thriller about a US Army officer who uncovers a conspiracy that could plunge an unstable country deeper into war.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Gripping combat thriller with anti-war edge for older teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this suspenseful war thriller is brimming with tense scenes and battle sequences, all of which include gunfire. Characters are almost always armed, mostly with automatic firearms though sometimes with knives, and skirmishes exact brutal, bloody casualties (bombs detonate; soldiers hemorrhage after being shot). Language is often coarse, including multiple uses of "f--k" and "s--t."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the premise of the movie: How is it possible that a decision as important as whether a country should go to war hinges on false information? What happens afterward when the truth eventually is revealed? How does it affect the citizens of that country?
  • What is the film saying about war? About the men and women who are sent to war zones? Is it believable that someone like Miller would go rogue? How did all the violence affect you?
  • Does this movie make you reflect on real-life events that inspired it? Your thoughts?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: When Mr. Greengrass made United 93, his 2006 reconstruction of one of the Sept. 11 hijackings, some people fretted that it was too soon. My own response to Green Zone is almost exactly the opposite: it's about time.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, March 12, 2010

Fresh: A jangly, noisy, compulsively restless thriller on a par with the Bourne movies, shot through with political critique.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, March 12, 2010

Fresh: Greengrass concocts a formula with a fighting chance of dispelling the Curse of the Hollywood Iraq Movie. If a picture as conventionally accessible as Green Zone tanks, that campaign is surely lost.

- Ben Walters, Time Out, Monday, March 15, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Eh. Okay. Better off watching some Bourne.

- Julie, Sunday, September 19, 2010

4 stars

This film may be based on factual people and events, but it's bast to look at it as a fictional thriiler with broad connections to relatively recent history. Considering the director, star, and shooting style, it seems appropriate to lbel this as a "Jason Bourne in Baghdad" type of thing. And really, that's pretty much what it is. It's the fact that the events are based on reality is what are causing people to wrongly call it "anti-American". It does push sime conspiracy theory type stuff, and it's a bit pushy with a lesson or message, but this is still an entertaining, sharp, thought-povoking, and intense wartime thriller. The shakey cam style of shooting adds realism and a documentary style feel to things, but it mostly works well and is effective at accomplishing its goal. Occasionaly it gets distracting, but not a whole lot (to me at least). Unlike Public Enemies, the graininess of the HD is mostly easy to ignore and isn't a problem. The performances are pretty good, and Damon once again proves he's a terrific dramatic action star. You really feel the paranoia and frustration his character goes through on his quest to accomplish his mission and discover the truth, Ryan, Gleeson, and Kinnear are also really good in their respective roles. While this isn't a perfect film, it's pretty damn good, and a welcome addition to the growing number of films tackling 9/11 and post-911 events and issues.

- cosmo313, Thursday, August 26, 2010

4 stars

Another take on the situation in the Middle East, more specifically the search for weapons of mass destruction after the invasion of Baghdad. Director Greengrass keeps the breathless pace of his "Bourne" movies and has his characters race through the menacing streets as well as dealing with the politics and players in the background. The acting is excellent, Damon makes for a convincing leading man once again. The pace of the film and the story that slowly sheds more and more light on the backgrounds is breathtaking and more exciting with every minute. The action scenes are explosive and realistic. The solution is as frustrating as satisfying, if that makes sense, and sums up the dilemma of the whole situation rather well. After "The kingdom" and "Hurt Locker" another intense, enthralling, true and important film on the situation. Recommended.

- ironclad1609, Monday, August 16, 2010