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Green Zone gets a green light

Director Paul Greengrass delivers a film shaped by valid inquiry into the ethical quandaries that mold a war's outcome.

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After consistently coming up short in searches for WMDs in Iraq, a frustrated US Army officer (Matt Damon) is enlisted by a CIA analyst, Brendan Gleason, weary of the Bush administration's (repped by Greg Kennear) hubristic tactics, into a goose-chase for an Iraqi official who may or may not be able to straighten out the wobbly course for reconstruction. Green Zone is certainly audacious in its desire to overlay its plot details---culled from Iraq-war critiques like the film No End in Sight and the book Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone, on which this film is loosely based---onto an action script, but the film never does so arrogantly. It isn't shaped by didacticism and outrage, but by valid inquiry into the ethical quandaries that mold a war's outcome.

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