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Green Zone

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Paul Greengrass
Produced by Tim Bevan
Eric Fellner
Lloyd Levin
Paul Greengrass
Written by Brian Helgeland
Rajiv Chandrasekaran (Book)
Starring Matt Damon
Greg Kinnear
Brendan Gleeson
Amy Ryan
Khalid Abdalla
Jason Isaacs
Yigal Naor
Music by John Powell
Cinematography Barry Ackroyd
Editing by Christopher Rouse
Studio StudioCanal
Relativity Media
Working Title Films
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release date(s) March 12, 2010 (2010-03-12)
Running time 115 minutes
Country United States
France
Spain
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $100 million[1]
Gross revenue $26,517,030
.Green Zone is a 2010 action thriller war film written by Brian Helgeland and directed by Paul Greengrass.^ Autre film de Paul Greengrass : .
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^ I just finished The Green Zone which is the Paul Greengrass film and I just - I say I just to all these things as I literally am doing them all at the same time - did an episode of Entourage last week, which is one of my favourite TV shows," he said.
  • Paul Greengrass | Metro.co.uk 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC search.metro.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Actor Yigal Naor to star in new Matt Damon film "Green Zone".
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.The film is "credited as having been 'inspired' by"[2] the non-fiction 2006 book Imperial Life in the Emerald City by journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran, which documented life in the Green Zone, Baghdad.^ One of the best of the many recent books about the Iraq debacle is Rajiv Chandrasekaran's "Imperial Life in the Emerald City."
  • INDEX RESEARCH: Iraq: Green Zone Blowback: Index Timeline 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC indexresearch.blogspot.com [Source type: News]

^ FILM: Rajiv Chandrasekaran's Baghdad account headed for screen (CORRECTION) .
  • SAJAforum: FILM: Rajiv Chandrasekaran's Baghdad account headed for screen (CORRECTION) 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.sajaforum.org [Source type: News]

^ The film has also been known as Imperial Life in the Emerald City , which is the title of the book by Rajiv Chandrasekaran it is inspired by.

.The film stars Matt Damon, Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, and Brendan Gleeson.^ Matt and Luciana Damon attend Empire Film Awards, expecting another baby – Celebrity Baby Blog – People.com Celebrity Baby Blog – People.com .
  • Matt and Luciana Damon attend Empire Film Awards, expecting another baby – Celebrity Baby Blog – People.com 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.celebrity-babies.com [Source type: General]

^ Matt Damon is outstanding (he co-wrote the screenplay with co-star Ben Affleck)and we must...
  • Matt Damon (Ponyo on the Cliff, Green Zone, The Informant and Running The Sahara) - news, photos, filmography, rent DVDs from LOVEFiLM 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.lovefilm.com [Source type: General]

^ Avec Matt Damon , Amy Ryan , Greg Kinnear    Plus...
  • Green Zone - AlloCiné 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.allocine.fr [Source type: General]

.Production began in January 2008 in Spain and moved on to Morocco.^ Presumably, Gleeson and Isaacs (whose involvement was announced last week) will be brought in when production moves down to Morocco.
  • BRENDAN GLEESON IS IN THE (GREEN) ZONE 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC chud.com [Source type: General]

The film was released in Australia and Russia on March 11, 2010, and in the USA and some other countries on March 12, 2010.

Contents

Plot

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General Al-Rawi (Yigal Naor), in hiding in Baghdad, is meeting with his aides talking about the invasion of Iraq.
^ Chris Rouse: I am editing "Green Zone," based on Rajiv Chandrasekaran's book about the Iraq invasion, "Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone."
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^ One of them was working for an American network and wants to meet with me tomorrow night to talk about buying into our behind the scenes film of the trial.

.Many of his aides propose fighting other Iraqi forces and American forces, however Al-Rawi suggests that they remain where they are and wait until the Americans arrive and perhaps make the Iraqi army an offer to join their forces (the earlier arrival of Al-Rawi, senior in the Iraqi government, is noticed by an an Iraqi we will come to know as Freddie).^ But many tell me they are ordinary Iraqi's fighting to liberate their land from the American occupation.

^ "You know these waiters are all graduates Sean, waiting for companies to come and invest in new Iraq so they can find decent work."

^ There will be no rebuilding until they realise, as Samir says, “Only Iraqi’s can rebuild Iraq.” So where is there hope in Iraq today?

.Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) and his squad investigate a warehouse, believed to be holding Weapons of Mass Destruction.^ It's a thriller, scripted by Brian Helgeland, about two CIA agents and a reporter who are on the trail of certain weapons of mass destruction.

^ In Green Zone , Damon will play a US army officer who gets involved in the desperate search for weapons of mass destruction which would justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq .
  • Magic at the movies - Film & Cinema, Entertainment - Independent.ie 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.independent.ie [Source type: General]

^ The Longer Gist: After doing his job, following orders, and understanding what he's supposed to do, Chief Warrant Officer Miller ( Matt Damon ) begins to see the forest for the trees and takes note of the badly managed, underfunded occupation he's helping execute.
  • :: The Playlist ::: What Went Wrong With 'Green Zone'? We Read The Script To Try And Find Out 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC theplaylist.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

.After encounters with a sniper and scanning the warehouse for radioactive activity, they find that the warehouse is empty, with the exception of an old piece of mechanical equipment.^ Deborah Snyder: We tried to find a poster in the beginning just to have up in the office and finding the old posters when they were publicizing the book when it came out, like we were able to find one on line and that was it.
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After regrouping with his squad, Roy Miller starts to question the intel given to him. .At a debriefing, Miller brings up the point that the majority of the intel given to him is inaccurate and anonymous, stating that on his last three attempts to find WMDs, his team had come up with nothing.^ The violence also comes off as realistic because she shoots a handgun three or four times (as opposed to Shoot Em Up's 100s of times) and even misses once.

^ Find out whose due dates are coming up.
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High-ranking officials quickly debunk Miller's theory about the intelligence being false.
.Meanwhile, Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear) is welcoming Ahmed Zubadi (Raad Rawi) an Iraqi politician at Saddam International Airport, where he is interrogated by journalist Lawrie Dayne (Amy Ryan).^ Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear and Amy Ryan have already been cast in the Working Title/Universal film, which is currently shooting in Spain.
  • Movies - News - Jason Isaacs enters 'Green Zone' - Digital Spy 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.digitalspy.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Matt Damon, Brendan Gleeson, Amy Ryan, Jason Isaacs and Greg Kinnear star in the film which will be distributed by Universal.

^ So far we’ve been told that Matt Damon, Jason Isaacs, Amy Ryan and Greg Kinnear will star in the flick.
  • BRENDAN GLEESON IS IN THE (GREEN) ZONE 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC chud.com [Source type: General]

She asks if she could speak to "Magellan", to which Poundstone says that he is heavily "locked up".
.After the debriefing, Miller meets Martin Brown (Brendan Gleeson), an employee of the CIA, who tells Miller that the next place he is going to investigate for WMDs is also empty, as a team had already searched there months ago.^ Without any investigation what is there to go on?

^ He maneuvers a reassignment for his unit and becomes security for the CIA Chief of Station, Martin Brown ( Brendan Gleeson ), who lives in the Green Zone; a weird oasis in the middle of a war zone.
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^ And the next day the Vice President's on Meet the Press quoting the story she wrote that they leaked to her in the first place."
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Brown suggests that the intelligence he is being given is part of a cover-up.
Whilst investigating another site, a playground where WMDs are thought to be buried, Miller is approached by the Iraqi seen earlier, who calls himself "Freddie" (Khalid Abdalla), who tells Miller that he saw Al-Rawi at the meeting in a nearby house. Miller and his men swiftly go to the house but Al-Rawi narrowly escapes but they take one of his henchmen into custody. .This man Seyyed Hamza (Said Faraj) happens to have a book containing the addresses of Al-Rawi's safehouses, but before Miller can extract any more information the man is taken by Special Forces, sent by Poundstone.^ First Name Last Name Email (your email address will be your login) Confirm Email Create a Password Confirm Password Send me information about more WSJ features .
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.Miller goes to Brown's hotel to give him the notebook and tell him of what took place, and then Brown tells Miller to go and retrieve the man taken by the Special Forces and offer him $1 million dollars in exchange for co-operation.^ I tell him of the Iraqi girls I’d seen swimming in the hotel pool, "No I want English girl" he says.

^ Miller, Brown, and Dayne give just enough for us to understand who they are, what baggage they bring, and where they're headed.
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^ I can tell that my American friend hasn't taken the same time to get know him and doubts remain in his mind.

.Before leaving, he is approached by Wall Street Journal correspondent Lawrie Dayne, who hands him her card if Miller should wish to disclose any information later on.^ Miller, Brown, and Dayne give just enough for us to understand who they are, what baggage they bring, and where they're headed.
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^ Printed in The Wall Street Journal, page W1 Copyright 2009 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
  • Film Review - WSJ.com 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

^ This is How She Fucks Us: Officer Miller has the subtle hots for Times reporter Lawrie Dayne.
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When he gets to the prison where the informant is held, the man is in desperate need of medical attention due to interrogation, and after Miller suspects that Al-Rawi might be Magellan, the man responds with the word "Jordan" after Miller asks him about Al-Rawi's whereabouts in the run up to the invasion. With Brown's help, Miller's suspicions are confirmed and it is discovered that Al-Rawi met with Poundstone in February in Jordan as Poundstone's inside man.
.Miller then goes in pursuit of Al-Rawi, and, having been kidnapped by Al-Rawi's men, Al-Rawi tells him that he told Poundstone there had been no WMD programme since the First Gulf War, and we learn that Poundstone lied to his superiors in Washington - so that Iraq would be invaded anyway.^ There will be no rebuilding until they realise, as Samir says, “Only Iraqi’s can rebuild Iraq.” So where is there hope in Iraq today?

^ Set on an alternative world in which no one has ever told a lie, it stars Gervais as the first man to figure out what might be gained by telling fibs.
  • Magic at the movies - Film & Cinema, Entertainment - Independent.ie 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.independent.ie [Source type: General]

^ There has, you know, been no problems or no kind of issues that I’ve had since that was published.
  • Meeting Resistance: A film by Steve Connors & MollyBingham 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC 911review.org [Source type: Original source]

.General Al-Rawi then flees as the Iraqi Army is disbanded by the CPA and Special Forces learn of his location and, in their helicopters track to try to kill him.^ The US-trained new Iraqi army is infiltrated by militias, by death squads and even by al-Qaeda in Iraq.
  • INDEX RESEARCH: Iraq: Green Zone Blowback: Index Timeline 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC indexresearch.blogspot.com [Source type: News]

^ Army medics at the 86th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad remove an Iraqi patient from a medevac helicopter.
  • The Seattle Times: Television: Film takes a graphic look at Iraq combat ER 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC seattletimes.nwsource.com [Source type: News]

^ "This failure takes Iraq to point zero and even worse," Brigadier-General Kathum Alwan of the Iraqi army told IPS in Baghdad.
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Back with Miller, he kills his captors and races to capture Al Rawi before the Special Forces get him. .Meantime Freddie is shadowing Miller who does catch Al-Rawi and says to him that if he surrenders he will take him back to Brown.^ Miller, Brown, and Dayne give just enough for us to understand who they are, what baggage they bring, and where they're headed.
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At this point Freddie appears and shoots Al-Rawi to death, saying it's not Miller's choice.
.At a meeting the next day where the Iraqi denominations are trying to broker a deal, Miller confronts Poundstone with what he found out and gives him a strongly-worded report of how the whole invasion was based on a lie.^ And the next day the Vice President's on Meet the Press quoting the story she wrote that they leaked to her in the first place."
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^ And it took us a few days, but we found him again.
  • Meeting Resistance: A film by Steve Connors & MollyBingham 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC 911review.org [Source type: Original source]

^ 'Meeting Resistance' hears out Iraqi insurgents .
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Poundstone denies any knowledge of meeting Al-Rawi or lying about the existence of WMDs but instead tells Miller "We're not stopping", in reference to America's push for democracy in Iraq. .Miller violently grabs Poundstone but the encounter is split up by security guards.^ Amy Winehouse s record label, Island Records has wised up and stationed a security guard right outside of her door.

Poundstone then rejoins the Iraqi meeting, only to find it breaking down completely.
.Afterwards, Miller e-mails his report to Dayne, as well as many major news corporations and newspapers in the western world to expose the scandal.^ The story, like so many others, had been swept under the proverbial rug by the corporate media, and within a day or so the world forgot about the Filipino workers in Iraq.
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The camera then pans out to show Miller driving off on a Iraqi highway, with the Iraqi oil fields in the background.

Cast

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  • Matt Damon portrays Roy Miller,[3] a warrant officer who helps a senior CIA officer in the search for weapons of mass destruction.^ During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Damon) and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert.
    • 2009 Green Zone - Movie reviews, trailers, clips and movie stills 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.celebritywonder.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It's a thriller, scripted by Brian Helgeland, about two CIA agents and a reporter who are on the trail of certain weapons of mass destruction.

    ^ Rate this: 77% from 42 members Not currently released Green Zone (2009) Starring: Matt Damon ,   Amy Ryan ,   Greg Kinnear Director: Paul Greengrass Certificate: A thriller about a pair of CIA agents on the trail of certain Weapons of Mass Destruction and a foreign correspondent following their mission.
    • Matt Damon (Ponyo on the Cliff, Green Zone, The Informant and Running The Sahara) - news, photos, filmography, rent DVDs from LOVEFiLM 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.lovefilm.com [Source type: General]

    [4] .Roy Miller is based on real-life Army chief warrant officer Richard (Monty) Gonzales, whose Mobile Exploitation Team was charged with finding the WMDs during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.^ During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Damon) and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert.
    • 2009 Green Zone - Movie reviews, trailers, clips and movie stills 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.celebritywonder.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ In Green Zone , Damon will play a US army officer who gets involved in the desperate search for weapons of mass destruction which would justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq .
    • Magic at the movies - Film & Cinema, Entertainment - Independent.ie 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.independent.ie [Source type: General]

    ^ The Synopsis: A Chief Warrant Officer and CIA Chief of Station hunt down a person of interest in the race to find WMDs immediately following the United States' invasion of Iraq in 2003.
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    Damon joined the film with the assurance that production would conclude by April 14, 2008 so he could start working on the Steven Soderbergh film The Informant! on April 15, amidst the scheduling difficulties caused by the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike.[5]
  • .
  • Amy Ryan[6] portrays Lawrie Dayne,[3] a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal who investigates the U.S. government's claims of the existence of weapons of mass destruction.^ It's a thriller, scripted by Brian Helgeland, about two CIA agents and a reporter who are on the trail of certain weapons of mass destruction.

    ^ Rate this: 77% from 42 members Not currently released Green Zone (2009) Starring: Matt Damon ,   Amy Ryan ,   Greg Kinnear Director: Paul Greengrass Certificate: A thriller about a pair of CIA agents on the trail of certain Weapons of Mass Destruction and a foreign correspondent following their mission.
    • Matt Damon (Ponyo on the Cliff, Green Zone, The Informant and Running The Sahara) - news, photos, filmography, rent DVDs from LOVEFiLM 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.lovefilm.com [Source type: General]

    ^ In Green Zone , Damon will play a US army officer who gets involved in the desperate search for weapons of mass destruction which would justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq .
    • Magic at the movies - Film & Cinema, Entertainment - Independent.ie 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.independent.ie [Source type: General]

    [4] One reviewer saw, despite the "usual ... fictitious ... disclaimer," former .New York Times reporter Judith Miller in the Dayne character.^ It covers an area of 400,000 square meters, six times that of the United Nations complex in New York and 10 times that of the new US embassy in Beijing.
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    ^ Officer Miller, Station Chief Brown, and New York Times journalist, Lawrie Dayne ( Amy Ryan ) give us a better understanding of just how bad things were in the early days.
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    ^ White house gets a bogus piece of intel from Zubaidi, they leak her the story, New York Times prints it.
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    [2]
  • .
  • Brendan Gleeson portrays Martin Brown, the CIA Baghdad bureau chief.^ He maneuvers a reassignment for his unit and becomes security for the CIA Chief of Station, Martin Brown ( Brendan Gleeson ), who lives in the Green Zone; a weird oasis in the middle of a war zone.
    • :: The Playlist ::: What Went Wrong With 'Green Zone'? We Read The Script To Try And Find Out 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC theplaylist.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

    [7]
  • Greg Kinnear portrays Clark Poundstone, Pentagon Special Intelligence.[3][4] One reviewer saw, despite the "usual ... fictitious ... disclaimer, ... .Paul Brenner [sic]," Coalition Provisional Authority head in 2003-4, in the Poundstone character.^ He visited the Coalition Provisional Authority to see how he could tender a competitive bid, but he wasn’t allowed.

    ^ The colonial administration, the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), set up its headquarters here.
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    ^ It was home to the Coalition Provisional Authority and, later, the American Embassy.
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    [2]
  • Yigal Naor portrays General Al-Rawi.[8]
  • Nicoye Banks portrays Perry.
  • Jason Isaacs portrays Maj. Briggs, an unscrupulous Special Forces operator.[9]
  • Martin McDougall portrays Mr. Sheen, CIA Baghdad assistant bureau chief.[10]
  • .
  • Khalid Abdalla portrays Freddy, an injured Iraqi who has a "penchant for Bryan Adams". In the movie he becomes Miller's translator.^ I met an Iraqi girl yesterday who has been working as a translator with a US company for 6 months.

    Abdalla was cast in the role after impressing Greengrass with his performance in United 93. The actor prepared for his role by learning the Iraqi Arabic dialect and reading Iraqi blogs like Riverbend and Alive in Baghdad.[11]
  • Antoni Corone portrays a colonel.[4]
  • Tommy Campbell portrays the Chopper Comms Commander.[12]
  • Paul McIntosh portrays a CIA officer.[13]
  • Sean Huze portrays U.S. Army Sergeant Conway, a member of Roy Miller's MET team.[14][15]
  • Robert Harrison O'Neil portrays a TV Journalist.

Production

.In January 2007, after completing The Bourne Ultimatum, director Paul Greengrass announced his intent to adapt a film of the 2006 non-fiction book Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a journalist for The Washington Post.^ One of the best of the many recent books about the Iraq debacle is Rajiv Chandrasekaran's "Imperial Life in the Emerald City."
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^ Forum de "Imperial Life in the Emerald City" .
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^ Levin is continuing his collaboration with Greengrass on the director's new film "Green Zone,” based on journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran's critically acclaimed book Imperial Life in the Emerald City.
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.Greengrass wrote a script based on the book, working with researchers Kate Solomon and Michael Bronner, who helped the director research for United 93 (2006).^ Based on the book, " Imperial Life in the Emerald City ," written by Rajiv Chandrasekaran and adapted by Greengrass himself, " Green Zone ," like "United 93," places human faces on a well known moment in recent history and tries to give us a sense of what it felt like to be there.
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^ Levin is continuing his collaboration with Greengrass on the director's new film "Green Zone,” based on journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran's critically acclaimed book Imperial Life in the Emerald City.
  • Producers Interview, Watchmen - MoviesOnline 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.moviesonline.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ One proposed film, to be helmed by Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, based on a non-fiction book by Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasenkaran, is slated for a 2009 release.

.The script was reported to be developed more in advance than the script for The Bourne Ultimatum, which had undergone changes during production.^ As it transpires, the actress is more than a match for the reporter.
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^ It smacks of rampant greed, nothing more than big-screen product placement designed to rope more girls into buying more product (or, mo...

[16] .Screenwriter Tom Stoppard was originally requested to write the script for Greengrass, but because Stoppard was too busy,[17] screenwriter Brian Helgeland instead collaborated with the director to shape the film's premise.^ Levin is continuing his collaboration with Greengrass on the director's new film "Green Zone,” based on journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran's critically acclaimed book Imperial Life in the Emerald City.
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^ Another action film Johnson starred in, The Rundown (by The Kingdom director Peter Berg) originally had one of the greatest titles ever in movie history ­ Helldorado.

^ The script is based on a film by murdered Dutch director Theo van Gogh.
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[4] .Greengrass expressed interest in casting in the lead actor Matt Damon, with whom he had worked on The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum,[18] and the actor joined the project in June 2007.[19] Actors Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, and Antoni Corone were later cast in January 2008.[4] Greengrass said of the project's contemporary relevance, "Film shouldn't be disenfranchised from the national conversation.^ Rate this: 77% from 42 members Not currently released Green Zone (2009) Starring: Matt Damon ,   Amy Ryan ,   Greg Kinnear Director: Paul Greengrass Certificate: A thriller about a pair of CIA agents on the trail of certain Weapons of Mass Destruction and a foreign correspondent following their mission.
  • Matt Damon (Ponyo on the Cliff, Green Zone, The Informant and Running The Sahara) - news, photos, filmography, rent DVDs from LOVEFiLM 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.lovefilm.com [Source type: General]

^ One proposed film, to be helmed by Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, based on a non-fiction book by Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasenkaran, is slated for a 2009 release.

^ Green Zone : 35 percent Bonafides: Paul Greengrass ( Bourne Ultimatum ) and Matt Damon bring the search for WMDs in Iraq to the big screen.
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It is never too soon for cinema to engage with events that shape our lives."[18]
Production of Green Zone was originally slated to begin in late 2007.[16] Instead, it began in Spain on January 10, 2008,[4] moved to Morocco, and finished filming in the UK in December 2008.

Reception

Critical response

.The film has received generally mixed reviews from critics.^ Let's Review Erik Lundegaard discusses film criticism and the link between a movie's popularity and the press it receives.

Rotten Tomatoes reported that 53% of critics gave the film positive reviews based on 134 reviews.[20] Its consenus states that "Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass return to the propulsive action and visceral editing of the Bourne films -- but a cliched script and stock characters keep those methods from being as effective this time around." [20] However, another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating of 0-100 on top reviews from mainstream critics, gave the film an "generally favorable" score of 61% based on 35 reviews. [21]
Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film 4 stars and wrote that Green Zone is "one hell of a thriller."[22] James Berardinelli of ReelView gave the film 3.5 stars, stating that the "most rewarding aspect of Green Zone is the manner in which it interweaves fact and fiction into an engaging whole."[23] A.O. Scott writing for The New York Times praised director Paul Greengrass's direction, writing in his review that "There is plenty of fighting in Green Zone, most of it executed with the hurtling hand-held camerawork and staccato editing that are hallmarks of Mr. Greengrass's style. From Bloody Sunday through the second and third Bourne movies (which turned Mr. Damon into a minimalist movie star), this director has honed his skill at balancing chaos with clarity. [24] A.P. Says this movie was just as quoted "One long episode of South Park, with no real clarity at any corner".

Political controversy

.The film has received political criticism.^ He has films regularly shown on national and international tv, to critical and political acclaim, giving voice to issues and people that need to be heard.

Some have called it "anti-American" or "anti-war" such as movie reviewer Kyle Smith who went so far as to label the film "slander" and "appallingly anti-American." [25][26] According to an article on Fox News.com, it states "Given this set-up, audiences are encouraged to root for Miller's rogue activities and against the government, represented in the film by a corrupt Pentagon chief played by Greg Kinnear." [25] However, director Paul Greengrass came to defense of the film. .In an interview with Charlie Rose, Greengrass said that "The problem, I think, for me is that something about that event strained all the bonds and sinews that connect us all together.^ I just think there’s something beautiful about her – just her wisdom and having lived life and going with the ups and downs.
  • Producers Interview, Watchmen - MoviesOnline 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.moviesonline.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The ever-present, harsh reality of the Iraq war and all that has been published and said about it weighs heavy.
  • :: The Playlist ::: What Went Wrong With 'Green Zone'? We Read The Script To Try And Find Out 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC theplaylist.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

^ I just saw All About Eve for the first time, so I am thinking about Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Marilyn Monroe, et al.

For me it’s to do with the fact that they said they had the intelligence, and then it emerged later that they did not." .[25] Matt Damon also defended the film telling MTV News "I don't think that's a particularly incendiary thing to say.^ Matt Damon - news / articles .
  • Matt Damon (Ponyo on the Cliff, Green Zone, The Informant and Running The Sahara) - news, photos, filmography, rent DVDs from LOVEFiLM 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.lovefilm.com [Source type: General]

^ Matt Damon - what members say .
  • Matt Damon (Ponyo on the Cliff, Green Zone, The Informant and Running The Sahara) - news, photos, filmography, rent DVDs from LOVEFiLM 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.lovefilm.com [Source type: General]

^ Matt and Luciana Damon attend Empire Film Awards, expecting another baby – Celebrity Baby Blog – People.com Celebrity Baby Blog – People.com .
  • Matt and Luciana Damon attend Empire Film Awards, expecting another baby – Celebrity Baby Blog – People.com 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.celebrity-babies.com [Source type: General]

.I think that's a journey that we all went on and a fundamental question we all asked and it's not partisan."^ I began to think about the atrocities I have heard about during the past year, when frightened American soldiers first response is to fire, and ask question's later.

[27] On March 13, Michael Moore posted to his Twitter page: "I can't believe this film got made. It's been stupidly marketed as action film. .It is the most HONEST film about Iraq War made by Hollywood."^ We didn’t go out on bombing attacks with them for quite a few reasons, but the most important of which, I think, is that the film is really about who they are and what their backgrounds are and what their motivation is.
  • Meeting Resistance: A film by Steve Connors & MollyBingham 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC 911review.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The ever-present, harsh reality of the Iraq war and all that has been published and said about it weighs heavy.
  • :: The Playlist ::: What Went Wrong With 'Green Zone'? We Read The Script To Try And Find Out 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC theplaylist.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

^ Policy decisions were made by Bush loyalists who had never set foot in Iraq, didn't speak the language, knew nothing about the culture and had no experience in rebuilding war-torn countries.
  • North Coast Journal September 20, 2007 : Filmland: Kill Me Now 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC www.northcoastjournal.com [Source type: General]

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.Writing in the The Guardian James Denselow praises Hollywood's portrayal of Iraq in contrast to a media whose credibility was severely tarnished by its inability to hold power to account on the road to war, and politicians whose lame attempts at inquiries into the conflict have still to draw true accountability into the mistakes made.^ In Baghdad, Low Expectations Have Supplanted High Ideals American Embassy Pool House White House blocks inquiry into construction of $736m embassy in Iraq 29.02.08 Guardian.
  • INDEX RESEARCH: Iraq: Green Zone Blowback: Index Timeline 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC indexresearch.blogspot.com [Source type: News]

^ Inquiry begins into soaring cost of US embassy in Iraq 16.11.07.
  • INDEX RESEARCH: Iraq: Green Zone Blowback: Index Timeline 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC indexresearch.blogspot.com [Source type: News]

^ Roads to Iraq / uruknet/daily war news.
  • INDEX RESEARCH: Iraq: Green Zone Blowback: Index Timeline 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC indexresearch.blogspot.com [Source type: News]

.Denselow writes "ultimately what gives the film its credibility is that it avoids any simplistic idea that Iraq could have simply been "got right". Indeed Miller's vision of exposing the WMD conspiracy and the CIA's plan to keep the Iraq army is undermined by the film's wildcard – a nationalist Shia war veteran who turns the plot on its head before delivering the killer line to the Americans when he tells them: "It's not up to you to determine what happens in this country."^ "Do you realise what could have happened there?

^ So, determine what film you have been using for what conditions.
  • Clarkvision: Film versus Digital Summary 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC clarkvision.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "You know, the Medhi Army are in control of Iraq now...

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Box office

.According to Box Office Mojo, the film opened at #2 in the United States with $14,309,295 in 3,003 theaters, averaging $4,765 per theater.^ Here's a stat that may or may not blow your mind: According to Box Office Mojo , Sex and the City has grossed $312 million worldwide.

^ Matt Bradshaw Jul 2nd 2008 // 4:02PM Filed under: Action , Comedy , Box Office , Family Films , Comic/Superhero/Geek , Box Office Predictions .

^ After years of falling income at the box office, the major film studios have released a raft of movies - Pixar's magnificent animated Wall-E , the fourt...

[1] .Given its budget of roughly $130 million, in addition to its $100 million in marketing, Green Zone has been referred to as a flop for its production company Universal Studios.^ CSM. The $592 million, 104-acre compound that was dedicated in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone on Monday is meant to symbolize a long-term commitment to Iraq.
  • INDEX RESEARCH: Iraq: Green Zone Blowback: Index Timeline 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC indexresearch.blogspot.com [Source type: News]

^ It's probably tough to have Green Zone follow The Hurt Locker, resutling in two movies with marketing campaigns of "It's not your typical Iraq war film".
  • :: The Playlist ::: Universal Delays 'The Wolf Man' Again, Has No Faith In 'Green Zone'? Both Films Pushed Into 2010 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC theplaylist.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

^ The Playlist ::: Universal Delays 'The Wolf Man' Again, Has No Faith In 'Green Zone'?
  • :: The Playlist ::: Universal Delays 'The Wolf Man' Again, Has No Faith In 'Green Zone'? Both Films Pushed Into 2010 23 September 2009 7:28 UTC theplaylist.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

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