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Green Zone promotion in Berlin
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From: (Anonymous) Date: March 5th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
With Karl Rove's brand new book, in which he says in effect that the U.S. would not have gone to war in Iraq without the threat of WMD and admits the intelligence was plain wrong, even the ultraconservatives will have a difficult time denouncing GZ. I'm hoping the Bourne-like promos and trailers will lure the public and give people a chance to make up their own minds. Because, on top of the "bad intelligence" (many feel Bush knew the intelligence was false)the war has cost nearly 800 billion dollars and over 4,000 U.S. lives with 31,000 wounded--and huge hurt to the Iraqi people, public sentiment may support the film even as it shows U.S. diplomatic and executive misdeeds. I guess we're only one day away from finding out.

By the way, I love my country (U.S.), but we have made some really bad decisions over the years. As`a democracy, we need light shone on the dark places. Got my fingers crossed for Matt and GZ. It's an important film.

mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 5th, 2010 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Green Zone reviews

The reviews in the trade papers are out and while the Hollywood Reporter was a true rave, Variety had issues with its politics.



Bottom Line: An energetic, frenzied thriller -- Paul Greengrass-style -- set in Iraq in the chaotic post-invasion days.

In "Green Zone," director Paul Greengrass brings the frenetic, run-and-gun style with which he utterly transformed the movie thriller in the Jason Bourne series to a different kind of thriller, one with a sharper political edge.

Iraq mostly has been a nonstarter at the boxoffice, but this is Matt Damon, Greengrass and the "Bourne" team reunited on another breathless venture into ticking-clock urgency. So Universal should easily overcome that hurdle to rack up considerable theatrical coin in North America and overseas.

Damon, in motion the entire movie, acts as a magnet, drawing every detail of the story and its character into his orbit. Although there might be a touch of naivete to his character's determination to ferret out the truth, there is a Jimmy Stewart aspect, too. He positively will not let anyone, no matter where he belongs in the chain of command or how far "off the reservation" his character drifts, stand in the way of the truth.

That chaos tips over into the action of the movie as the film hurtles from one destination to another in a race against time. John Powell's propulsive music eggs the action ever forward, and Christopher Rouse's rapid-fire editing nervously stitches the stunts, chases, fights and confrontations together. It's a remarkable film.
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