22 February 2011

Movies: Green Zone

Green Zone http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0947810/

Fictionalized story inspired by non-fiction sources, mixing the two and pissed a lot of folks off. Because people don't like fictions that don't portray the US vs. Iraq in the best positive light I guess.

Matt Damon plays an Army CWO tasked to secure WMD sites in Iraq after the second Gulf War. Thing is, each intelligence report sends him places that have no WMD. He gets angry that everywhere his team gets sent soldiers get killed securing sites that do not have WMD, despite the insistence the intel is good. He initially goes rogue from his Army taskings, then gets himself temporarily reassigned to the CIA, who also wants to know WTF is going on with the faulty intelligence and lack of WMD. Queue in someone else in the goberment who is the sole conduit of the intel reports from a code-named source and is working to suppress CWO Damon and the CIA ops.

Sortof Bourne-ey in film style and action.

If you'll get upset watching a film that, in fiction, calls into question the intel and motivations behind invading Iraq in 2003, be prepared to be upset. It is a political thriller, and via fiction calls into question things a lot of folks took at face value. How much is fact, how much is speculation (all wraped in fiction of course)? Dunno. Didn't sit well with me for other reasons, but overall was entertaining and thrilling enough that I didn't dislike it.

Did I mention it's fiction? I only say 'cause the folks who protest the movie as anti-war and anti-American seem to have a problem distinguishing that. It'll never be Deer Hunter or M*A*S*H, and they were quite the controversy in their day, yet recognized as classics now. Not saying it will be a classic, but folks gotta understand what "fiction" means.

(original post 13 Nov 2010)

Edit: Funny thing: after this movie was filmed and released and all the butthurt ensued about it's message that maybe we went into Iraq based on faulty WMD intelligence guess what happens? This happens: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/16/world/middleeast/16curveball.html

Link goes to a story titled "Iraqi Says He Made Up Tale of Biological Weapons Before War"

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