A rather tight, engaging and daring war corruption thriller, up until it massively self-destructs during the completely prepostrous ending, which reverses all its righteous ambition. It basically says that amid all the chaos and SNAFU in Iraq, we still have the "esteemed" U.S. media, among other "good guys", to care for the truth. WTF?
Quite an enjoyable movie, but I have an issue with it; the movie makes Clark Poundstone look like an asshole for not colluding with the Ba'ath party (fascist party of Iraq). Yes, the abolition of the army and other civil services was costly, but building them from scratch made sure that the fascist cancer was cut out. Could we really have left Germany under the control of the Nazi party when they surrendered?
Rather boring movie from Greengrass and Damon ,which is a shame as i was expecting a little more with the talent involved . The trouble is many good actors are wasted in badly underwritten roles which is a suprise considering Brian Hegeland is usually good at this sort of thing. The action takes a long time to arrive by which time your mind has wandered which is fatal for a fil m of this calibre
This is a decent thriller, directed brilliantly by Greengrass, but it feels rather flat as a political war drama to say "Syrianna" or even as an action war thriller to say "the Hurt Locker". It's certainly more intelligent than your average Hollywood war blockbuster - but it doesn't carry the weight of its convictions.
Not entirely bold on its statement that the only reason America went to war in Iraq was just for oil, and it is Bush being completely arrogant (the same arrogance that got the American soldiers into the shit in Vietnam). Though to address that as a mainstream film, however, is pretty brave. It is expertly made and can't go wrong with Paul Greengrass.