29 Jan

January 29, 2010

DIRECTOR Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon performed the extraordinary feat of making the second and third parts of a trilogy better than the first.

People were eagerly awaiting to see if they would get together for another instalment of Bourne. It looked set to happen until Greengrass dropped out and quite honourably or sensibly, Damon left with him.

Here’s the next best thing. The Green Zone is going to bring the obvious comparisons to Bourne – handheld camerawork, frenzied action, conspiracy, a solid ensemble cast and Damon as some kind of earnest super soldier.

All looks good except that it’s about Damon’s character searching for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the early days of the Iraq war. We all know how that turned out.

But with Bloody Sunday and United 93, films based on modern history are Greengrass’ area of expertise.

After The Hurt Locker, it’s looking like action could be the sugar to get audiences to finally take the bitter pill of movies about Iraq.

Jonathan Roberts

The NewPaper

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