With the success of the Bourne Trilogy of movie Matt Damon is now a household name, and an actor that can handle himself in an action movie. Now he, and director of the last two Bourne movies, have teamed up to create a movie set in the Green Zone in Baghdad. It's a risky move for the filmmakers and Universal given the war in Iraq is still ongoing and casualties continue to mount up.
Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller is done following orders. This rogue U.S. Army officer must hunt through covert and faulty intelligence hidden on foreign soil before war escalates in an unstable region.
In terms of the actual storyline Green Zone is certainly better then most action movies, although it never quite hits the right notes in terms of concluding the false reports thread but heads off on a tangent looking for an agent. Still, it's decent enough that you won't be groaning.
If there's one thing I absolutely despise with films these days it's the excessive use of shakey cams and that is very much the case with Paul Greengrass' movies - he's the king of shaky cams. I have to say though that in this film, where you are often on patrol in the streets, it actually adds to the tension and feeling of "being there". While I would still like its use curtailed in places, it's not as bad as I suspected - although if I was in a large cinema I may have a bad feeling.
Green Zone is a superbly produced film with high production values, great acting and set pieces and a pretty decent storyline too. Matt Damon can certainly carry a film, and if you're a fan of action films when we highly recommend this to all - that is, despite the excessive shaky-cam.
Audio too is impressive with an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (24-bit/48Khz) track offering a wide range of crystal clear audio from quiet talking and office chatter, to intense action sequences filled with gunfire and explosions. This really is a cracking release sonically that will test your audio setup to its limits.
Other audio tracks on this disc include German and Spanish DTS 5.1 tracks encoded at 768kbps as well as a DVS (Descriptive Video Service) which is a Dolby Digital 2.0 track encoded at 192kbps. Any of these three tracks will certainly suffice if you have a need although it's a little disappointing that the DVS track doesn't make use of surround sound channels.
Audio Commentary with Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon: It's obvious that these two are good friends, and this commentary demonstrates that. There are plenty of stories from the set, comments about the storyline, and other bits of information. We won't place this as one of the best commentaries we've ever heard, but it's worth a listen.
Matt Damon: Ready for Action (9:47/HD): This is an interesting look at Matt Damon working on the set, with many of the squad mates being real soldiers who had just returned from tour (and who would be returning to Iraq before the film released). This featurette looks at how Matt worked with the real soldiers, and how the real soldiers worked with the actors.
Inside The Green Zone (8:53/HD): This is a more typical "Making of" piece which looks at various aspects of the production, but ultimately sells the movie and offers little detail.
The Real Miller (6:20/HD): This brief featurette looks at how Matt Damon and the film crew used the technical advisor on the film, Richard L. "Monty" Gonzales, for much of the detail as he was a part of the actual WMD teams in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Review By: Dave Warner