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Thriller 'Green Zone' Takes Series Look At Iraq

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Thriller 'Green Zone' Takes Series Look At Iraq

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Thriller 'Green Zone' Takes Series Look At Iraq

Thriller 'Green Zone' Takes Series Look At Iraq

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Less than a week after The Hurt Locker won the Oscar for best picture, a new Iraq war movie is in theaters. Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon — the director and actor from the last two movies in the Jason Bourne franchise — are back together with a film that combines action and a political message.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Just after "The Hurt Locker" won the Academy Award for Best Picture, moviegoers can see another picture set in the Iraq war. It's called "Green Zone," and it's directed by the man who brought you "The Bourne Ultimatum." Critic Kenneth Turan has this review.

KENNETH TURAN: (Soundbite of movie, "Green Zone")

MONTAGNE: (as Miller) OK, sir, I'll give you an example. We rolled into a site, Diwaniyah, last week. OK? 101st took casualties securing it for us. We got in there and found it was a toilet factory. I'm saying there's a disconnect between what's in these packets and what we're seeing on the ground. There's a problem with the intelligence, sir.

TURAN: (Soundbite of movie, "Green Zone")

MONTAGNE: (as Lawrie Dayne) Lawrie Dayne, Wall Street Journal. So what are you and Marty talking about?

MONTAGNE: (as Miller) Oh, you know I can't talk to you about that.

MONTAGNE: (as Lawrie Dayne) Oh, come on.

TURAN: (Soundbite of movie, "Green Zone")

TURAN: (Soundbite of explosion)

TURAN: What the...

TURAN: (Soundbite of grunting)

TURAN: "Green Zone" does falter in its closing sections, but its accomplishments are still impressive. Director Greengrass has made good on his aim to show that the mistrust and paranoia of Bourne's fictional world wasn't so far-fetched, after all.

MONTAGNE: Kenneth Turan reviews movies for MORNING EDITION and the Los Angeles Times.

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