By Janak Samtani
Green Zone, gets its name from the highly fortified area in the city of Baghdad. This zone is occupied by the United States & its allies after entering Baghdad; which previously held important Baath party offices & buildings, headed by Saddam Hussein as President. It is now the command center for the occupation of Iraq.
The film is directed by Paul Greengrass, the acclaimed director of Bloody Sunday, United 93, Bourne Supremacy & Bourne Ultimatum. He once again delivers an action thriller, involving close up action with shaky effects, which give you a sense of being part of the scenes. It is starring Matt Damon as Roy Miller, a Chief Warrant Officer whose task is to find WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction), Greg Kinnear is from the Pentagon Special Intelligence and also Brendan Gleeson as the CIA Baghdad chief.
The plot is set in the post-invasion months, where the US Government and the Allies are under pressure to prove their pretext to invade Iraq, for its possession of WMDs. Orders to search WMD sites are given out from the Green Zone to the Warrant officer who leads his soldiers to the sites. The locations to these sites are based on intelligence received from the Pentagon. Miller gets suspicious of the intelligence reports when his team combating their way through in the third consecutive mission, reach a site which has no weapons. On questioning the source of the intelligence during a briefing, he grabs the attention of the CIA Baghdad officer who later hints him that there are no WMDs. Miller here senses a trust worthy individual from the American body in the Green Zone.
While on his mission, Miller receives information from an Iraqi, about a meeting taking place by important Baath Party members, including the general Al-Rawi, in a near by house. During the assault, they capture one of the party members and a diary. On minimal questioning the captive was ready to reveal information to Miller on Al-Rawi’s plans and Iraq’s WMD capability, just when another soldier unit lands and picks up the captive for questioning. Miller on returning to the Green Zone finds out that the unit was sent in by Pentagon Intelligence Officer. On discussing further with the CIA official, it confirmed his suspicion that American bodies in Iraq, were not functioning as a single entity with an aim of setting up a democratic government. He sensed self interests, attempts to hide & destroy information and deceit to the American people, who were made to believe that the threat from the Iraqi WMD Program was real.
The film shows politics, messy functioning of offices inside the safe Green Zone and the reality outside the Green Zone, on the unfamiliar streets in Baghdad. It has shown Iraq’s destruction, Iraqi people’s suffering, combats; keeping the crux of the film on us questioning the United State’s war policies. All this is shown through the role of Roy Miller, a soldier, whose only goal is to discover the source of the intelligence of the WMD sites.