What did anyone expect?
Via Kyle Smith at The New York Post.
After all of Hollywood’s Iraq movies have flopped (even the Oscar-garlanded “The Hurt Locker” earned only $15 million at the box office), one studio thinks it has the following secret to success: The previous films didn’t insult the United States enough.
“Green Zone,” opening Friday, is a $100 million slime job that conjures up a fantastically distorted leftist version of the war and wraps it around a frantic but preposterous action picture. (Spoilers about the plot follow.)
Matt Damon plays Miller, an Army “chief” (chief warrant officer) assigned to searching for weapons of mass destruction in Baghdad in the opening days of the war in 2003.
The movie’s plot substitutes leftist lies for historical fact.
The preposterous part comes in almost immediately: After Chief Miller comes up dry a couple of times, he decides to launch a one-man internal-affairs investigation into US intelligence-gathering.
He bypasses his chain of command, endangers good men (when one of his Soldiers asks why he’s following a random Iraqi into what could well be an ambush, Miller snaps, “Put your game face on”) and forges a secret alliance against his fellow Soldiers with a Baghdad CIA officer (Brendan Gleeson).
Despite being guilty of gross insubordination, lying to his superiors and concealing important evidence from them (a notebook containing the addresses of Saddam’s top officers), Miller is the hero of the film.
Others we’re supposed to cheer for include Sunni officers who shoot down helicopters carrying American Soldiers sent to assassinate them. Those death squads are acting at the behest of a duplicitous Pentagon intelligence mandarin (Greg Kinnear) who has single-handedly drummed up a fake casus belli.
Before the war, he interviewed a general of Saddam’s who told him pointedly that there were no WMDs in Iraq after 1991 but that he’d be willing to work with the Americans after Saddam was deposed. The Kinnear figure then lied to a gullible reporter (Amy Ryan) that he had a rock-solid source, “Magellan,” who had given him proof of WMDs in Iraq.
There were WMDs, including TONS of discovered cyclosarin: https://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2008/06/17/no-lies-about-iraq/
……”Green Zone” tells US troops that all of their efforts have been based on a deliberate deception. Worse, it blames the insurgency that has killed so many of our fighting men and women on US treachery.
Damon is an avid fan of Howard Zinn’s communist-based historical revisions of American history. It stands to reason that an effete like Damon would jump at the chance to make such a movie.
He and the other 99.9% of leftwing Hollywood assholes are the primary reason I have not been to a movie theater in years. Not to mention the fact that most of the fare is garbage, anyway.
This is Damon’s best role:
In Team America World Police as a member of F.A.G. (Film Actors’ Guild)