Friday, April 30, 2010

Independence

The Green Zone may feel a lot like The Hurt Locker. They're both about American wars in the Middle East, involve strong men struggling to make sense of things, and feature scenes that are genuinely shaky and shakily genuine.

What sets The Green Zone apart is that it's more political. It's justified to call it a critique of the American intervention in Iraq. It's asking why the United States waged a war against Iraq in the first place. To the average viewer, the answer is clear: there have been so-called intelligence reports of Saddam Hussein's government supposedly manufacturing weapons of mass destruction. But, as the movie later exposes, these reports are fabricated.

In the last parts of the movie, Freddie (Khalid Abdalla), an Iraqi translator assisting Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon), summarizes the movie's intentions. "It is not for you [Americans] to decide."

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