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Old 03-12-10, 11:23 AM
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Re: Green Zone (Greengrass, 2010): Matt Damon and Jason Isaacs

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As far as I know, The Green Zone is intended to be fiction, so who the fuck cares what this asshole from the NYPost thinks? The fact that he automatically lumps it in with "Rendition" and "In the Valley of Elah," which were also unfairly attacked for their views on the war, makes me think this kid is just writing what his bosses told him to write, which would be bullshit propaganda.
To be fair, the regular film reviewer for the New York Post, Lou Lumenick, gave GREEN ZONE a favorable 3-star review in today's paper. He even addresses his colleague's critique, which was done as an opinion piece, not a review. Here's the link:
http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainmen...P15olvZliS8jHL

To be even fairer, Kyle Smith, the one who attacked GREEN ZONE, can be very funny and witty when he does one-star movie reviews.
Here's the link to today's review of the Rob Pattinson vehicle, REMEMBER ME:

http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainmen...63Mpp94Y6paetJ

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Re: Green Zone (Greengrass, 2010): Matt Damon and Jason Isaacs

Now that I realize this film is exactly what the trailer made it out to be, I'll be skipping it.

Maybe I'll 'legally purchase' it once to check it out some time in the future on a slow day.
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Re: Green Zone (Greengrass, 2010): Matt Damon and Jason Isaacs

Does it have a lot of shaky-cam in it?
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Re: Green Zone (Greengrass, 2010): Matt Damon and Jason Isaacs

Originally Posted by Dr Mabuse
Now that I realize this film is exactly what the trailer made it out to be, I'll be skipping it.
The Bourne Identity 4?

I'm not really interested in seeing Matt Damon get chased by guys in suits on cell phones.
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Re: Green Zone (Greengrass, 2010): Matt Damon and Jason Isaacs

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Does it have a lot of shaky-cam in it?
Unfortunately, yes...ad nauseam...even when characters are just sitting at a table talking.
Old 03-12-10, 10:16 PM
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Re: Green Zone (Greengrass, 2010): Matt Damon and Jason Isaacs

Didn't much care for this film, as it was just hard to bypass the 2-dimensional characterizations and didactic feel to the script. Yes, Greengrass = tons of shaky-cam, and it's kinda of pervasive in most of the action scenes.

Even with the Damon-Greengrass pedigree, I recommend a matinee showing at best.

I give it 2 stars, or a grade of C.
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Re: Green Zone (Greengrass, 2010): Matt Damon and Jason Isaacs

Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
The Bourne Identity 4?
No... a political 'lesson' movie from people who think they are going to tell the 'unwashed' the REAL story of something. Filled with cartoonish, one-dimensional characters that beat the audience over the head with the often mindlessly simplistic ideology angle. All so the dummies can glean the message from it.

That trailer screamed that at me. At first I thought it may be bad marketing which is wont to happen, but now I'm positive it was an accurate representation of the film.
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Re: Green Zone (Greengrass, 2010): Matt Damon and Jason Isaacs

Wanted to like this, but couldn't. Everything Dr. Mabuse mentioned in his post above mine nailed my criticism of the story/characters. I actually heard a couple of people say afterward "that Miller guy needs to get an award; how come no one knows this story?" (Gee, maybe because it's fiction! )

One positive note: Greengrass can pace action sequences extremely well. That last sequence lasted twenty minutes and it had a great "pins-and-needles" type feel to it.

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Re: Green Zone (Greengrass, 2010): Matt Damon and Jason Isaacs

I fell asleep during the action sequence. This is the first Greengrass dud for me. Worth a view on DVD, maybe.
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Re: Green Zone (Greengrass, 2010): Matt Damon and Jason Isaacs

The skaky cam made this unbearable. I had to look at my lap a few times because it was so bad. Until this guy changes his camera technique, I think I'm out of the Paul Greengrass game.

Also, the story was lame and the characters unmemorable.
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Re: Green Zone (Greengrass, 2010): Matt Damon and Jason Isaacs

I understand the need for shaky cam during action sequence, but for the love of god, put the camera on a stand when it's just people talking in a room. I'm pretty sure I got motion sickness from the movie.
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Re: Green Zone (Greengrass, 2010): Matt Damon and Jason Isaacs

I guess i'm one of the few who doesn't get bothered by the use of shaky cam and am glad that they don't use tripods for dialogue scenes. Can you imagine how jarring it would be to have the style change between nearly every single scene? He's Paul Greengrass, not Oliver Stone or Tony Scott. You know what you are in for when you go see one of his movies, it's not like he only does this in every other movie.

I thought the movie was good, not great. I liked the suspense throughout the movie, how you just had to go along with Miller on this wild goose chase.
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Re: Green Zone (Greengrass, 2010): Matt Damon and Jason Isaacs

Auch... so many "bad" reviews... To be honest I had good expectations on this movie...
I'll give it a try tho
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Re: Green Zone (Greengrass, 2010): Matt Damon and Jason Isaacs

Originally Posted by Dr Mabuse
Now that I realize this film is exactly what the trailer made it out to be, I'll be skipping it.
I should have made this call.....this was one of the most boring films I've seen in a while. This film should have been no longer than an hour in length.
Old 08-09-10, 01:57 AM
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Re: Green Zone (Greengrass, 2010): Matt Damon and Jason Isaacs

It wasn't as mediocre as I thought it would be; a pretty good political thriller, akin to the Jack Ryan films, particularly "Clear and Present Danger." I do think that because the film localized the "bad guy" to just those in the Green Zone it would lead to erroneous conclusions about what really happened in Iraq, when the actions of L. Paul Bremer were more nuanced and externally-based than Greg Kinnear's character.

Being that I haven't seen Greengrass' other films and am really against shaky-cam, I was surprisingly not against it in this film. I think the biggest issue with shaky-cam is how the action is framed and how quick the cuts are; unlike shots from The Dark Knight, it was pretty clear who was where and who the different "actors" were in the firefights.

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