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Mike checks out Green Zone and realizes that he's still got Inglourious Basterds on the brain. Also, Errol Morris.
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Hi this is Mike from the Sub stream.com and this is an episode of watch this instead for the week ending the 12 of March 2010. I’d like to talk today about a film called Groom Zone which is directed by Paul Green Grass and its differed a collaboration between the director and Matt Damon who played super spy Kung fu master with memory problems Jason Bourne in the two Bourne films that Green Grass directed.
Green Zone is a thriller about an American army chief born officer who’s tasked in finding WMB on the ground in Baghdad in 2003. Right around that time when Bush went on an airplane carrier and said mission accomplished right around in there. At first unwittingly but then with brave heroic determination begins to unravel the ball of lies and manufactured thesis behind the American invasion of Iraq. Its pure unadulterated 100% Hollywood American style wishful film, its sleek through and its aimed and soothing the American national guilt. It says that the war, the invasion and everything after was a mistake but it was a mistake made by a nation that got trapped by this weasel nerd in a suite and glasses.
All this poking and unbelievable moral wankery makes the action worse than the smart scenes dull and the action makes the films attempt of moralizing scene like they are over simplification and holier than thou bits of flat grammar punctuating shaky pant shots of shoot outs and bullet ricochets. Yelling as loud as you can “this is an anti war film” over footage of cool ass night vision downtown Baghdad shoot outs, karate show downs, parachute, black hawk down, cleaning apache, RPG, three silenced bullets and hatching off Hadji guys head makes me feel kind of embarrassed about this whole audience film maker transaction. Well maybe weird to make an action movie. If you want raw honestly goodness unadulterated straight up front cash on the barrel head and doesn’t pretend to be anything else wishful film revenge fantasy type stuff in which history is conveniently re written to be more of suitable to the kind of people that want to watch people die really violently. In a movie theatre on a Friday night, watch if you haven’t already Quentin Tarantino’s Inglouroius Basterds instead, they at least have some honesty in transgression.
If you want to watch a film and it’s a reasonable intelligent non refined light sugar look at the reasons because a nation will go to war in the way that a man and a nation deal with the guilt in the aftermath of having gone to war. Watch Heir Morris’s film about former secretary in defense Robert McNamera and America’s involvement in the war in Vietnam, “The Fog of War.” There’s no pyro, there’s no explosions, there’s no shoot outs but the film actually has something to say. Imagine that, see you next week.