Green Zone Movie Receives Critical Response

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Matt Damon in Green Zone

(Best Syndication News) Inspired by the 2006 book by Rajiv Chandrasekaran titled “Life in the Emerald City,” the “Green Zone” is the popular action movie of the weekend. Staring Matt Damon and written and directed by Brian Helgeland, the film has spurred some controversy.

Although the film is pure fiction, it makes the case that the reasons for the Iraq War were based on lies. This has angered conservative groups but has rekindled the debate among liberals who opposed the war from the start.

Matt Damon plays squad leader Roy Miller who is in Iraq searching for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) early in the war. After his search ended in vain, Miller turns his attention to the intel before the war.

The movie turns to a possible conspiracy as the reason no WMD were found.

Most movie critics say the film is well made. Roger Ebert with the Chicago Sun-Times gave it 4 out of 5 stars. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 51 percent approval rating. But political pundits didn’t like it.

Some pro-war activists called the movie “anti American” labeled supporters “anti-war”. One reviewer called it slanderous. Fox News bloggers said the film encourages the audience to root for Miller’s character, which in the end questions the reason for the war.

Michael Moore loved it. On Twitter he said: "I can't believe this film got made. It's been stupidly marketed as action film. It is the most HONEST film about Iraq War made by Hollywood.”

By: Nancy Connors

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