Understandably, this film did not get a great deal of publicity in the United States which may be one reason I missed it. Being a fan of Matt Damon, I decided to watch the film when I came upon it. I see why it might be considered controversial, un-American, and perhaps flawed.
However, it is based on the activities of an actual Chief Warrant Officer stationed in Iraq and portrayed by Matt Damon. The story has been told in the non-fiction book entitled “Imperial Life in the Emerald City” by a journalist at the Washington Post, R. Chandrasekaran.
In the film, the Chief Warrant Officer is called Roy Miller. Miller and his men are sent throughout Baghdad to locate the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) which served as the rationale for the U. S. and its allies to invade Iraq. In each case, they come up empty-handed. At a debriefing session with high-ranking officers including Pentagon official Clark Poundstone (played by Greg Kinnear), Miller pointed out that the intelligence was inaccurate since he and his men did not uncover any weapons of mass destruction in their search. His remarks are dismissed by the officials. Miller is informed later by a veteran CIA official named Marty that he will not find WMD’s at the next location, there are no weapons. It was simply a ruse to give credence to the Americans taking over and installing a puppet leader. Coincidentally, Marty is demeaned by Poundstone who infers that he is a dinosaur.
The only female presence in the film is a Wall Street Journal correspondent named Lawrie Dayne, played by Amy Ryan. She confided in Miller that Poundstone had told her that he had talked with an Iraqi in Jordan who had the code name Magellan who maintained that Iraq had WMD’s.
From this point on, we witness street fights, fires, car chases and murder as Miller tries to protect the Iraqi General Mohammed Al-Rawi who is revealed as Magellan. Al-Rawi claims that he had told Poundstone there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It seems highlyimprobable that Miller remained unscathed throughout the destruction and near misses that he encountered in this last caper. A great ending showed Lawrie Dayne of the WSJ receiving an emailed copy of Chief Warrant Officer Miller’s extensive report of his findings during his search for WMD’s. Miller copied his report to all major news agencies around the globe.
Green Zone is truly a thriller. I thoroughly enjoyed the action and the premise behind the story. The Green Zone, by the way, is the name given to the International Zone of Iraq in central Baghdad, which is the center of the international presence in the city.
Movie — “Green Zone” (2010)