The American people were duped into invading Iraq with tales of Saddam Hussein having Weapons of Mass Destruction, and it was up to us to stop this madman from using the WMDs against the world.  And so, after hundreds of billions of dollars — if not trillions — spent, and many U.S. soldiers killed and maimed, and countless Iraqi civilians killed, no WMDs were found.  “The Green Zone” is a movie that deals with this subject.

Matt Damon plays a U.S. soldier leading a unit to hunt for WMDs.  Risking his life and those of his men, he goes from one spot to another that supposedly hides the WMDs.  He finds nothing on every occasion, and starts questioning the validity of the intelligence reports regarding the WMDs.  Eventually his curiosity leads him to the person who gave the U.S. government intel regarding the WMDs, as well as the dirty, backroom dealings among the White House, the Pentagon, and the CIA.

“The Green Zone” is a highly entertaining, extremely intense, very suspenseful movie.  There are many combat sequences that are raw, gritty, and in your face.  It gives me an idea of the hardships our soldiers go through during urban combat: not knowing if, when and where the enemy will pop up to take a shot at you.  And it’s not just the fighting that’s stressful and scary, it’s also dealing with the crowds of people on the street as you drive to go to and from a mission.  This movie made me feel as if I was there, and it got my heart pumping and my mind wondering how I would’ve handled the situations our soldiers deal with on a regular basis.

The direction and pacing of “The Green Zone” is top of the line.  Even the scenes with just dialogue demands your attention.  And the scene that received the most of my attention is my most memorable, movie moment: when Damon’s Iraqi informant — after being abused many times by U.S. soldiers — asks Damon what more does the informant have to do in order to prove to the U.S. soldiers that he just wants to help.  The informant tells Damon that he doesn’t want money; he wants to do his part to bring about a better future for Iraq.  It makes sense.  Americans are just visitors.  This man has to live there.

“The Green Zone” is a reminder to us all that we should not blindly trust our government officials.  The greater someone’s power, the more that person should be distrusted.  Power corrupts.  You know the rest.

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