Green Zone

Matt Damon in Green Zone

Matt Damon is the most versatile actor of our generation and continues to give one great performance after another.

In the past year alone he delivered on two: In The Informant!, he played a whistleblower who buries himself in his own lies. Damon gained 30 pounds for that role, and it was one of his best performances ever. Last year Damon also starred in Invictus, the story of Nelson Mandela and the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Damon played South African Rugby player Francois Pienaar, and performed the role with a South African accent and a buff body to match. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for this effort.

Now Matt Damon is coming at us again in a different type of role with the war drama Green Zone, and again, he is fantastic. Damon plays Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller of the U.S. Army, who leads a team of soldiers in the search for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). While government officials are trying to hush up the fact there are no actual WMDs, Damon and his crew search the city of Bagdad, entering abandoned buildings and coming up empty every single time. Roy Miller is based on real-life Army chief warrant officer, Richard (Monty) Gonzales, whose Mobile Exploitation Team was charged with finding WMDs during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Along the way he employs an interpreter, who helps him to navigate Bagdad (Morroco is used as a stand-in), with the hopes of being led to a former general in Saddam Hussein’s army who intends to bring together the Iraqi forces to fight against the Americans. What follows are chase and fight scenes which are the best seen in a movie in years. Also along the way, Miller meets a reporter, played by Amy Adams, who has uncovered secret intelligence and who wants to expose the government, but needs more evidence than she has. Of course, government cover-ups and corruption are key themes of this movie, echoing the real-life search for WMDs which took place in 2003. Throw in a swarmy and lying government official (Greg Kinnear as Clark Poundstone, a Pentagon Special Intelligence officer), and what you have is a film which mirrors real life - the implementation of democracy forced upon to the Iraqi people by the U.S. government.

Director Paul Greengrass has teamed up with Matt Damon on two previous films, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, and their third outing is another action adventure which will keep you on the edge of your seat. Damon again proves to us that he is one of the best actors around today.