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Reader riposte: Green Zone


Sam Roggeveen


8 April 2010 10:55

Patrick writes:

Thanks for your blog on Green Zone. My girlfriend and I saw it a couple of weeks ago and came out confused. Its point was obvious — the people of the world were hoodwinked by an administration set on war and the people of Iraq are the only ones who can determine their future — but the argument used to make it seemed anachronistic. I'm thinking here of the revelations that WMD weren't found and that intelligence originated from murky sources.

Am I so immersed in my university bubble that I incorrectly assume my radical views are held by the general population? Or has this movie been lying around in Hollywood in script form, waiting for funding since 2004, when it had some relevance?

That's a very astute observation, Patrick, confirmed by Dana Stevens' review in Slate on 11 March:

...the movie (which was shot two years ago and has been sitting on Universal's shelf ever since) feels stale, its anti-war message stuck in the mid-2000s.