The Journalist Behind 'Green Zone' on the Movie and the War

Friday, March 12, 2010

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass - the actor-director team behind the hugely successful "Bourne Identity" franchise - have a new action thriller in theaters today: "Green Zone."

Inspired by the book "Imperial Life in the Emerald City," the movie could potentially be the first blockbuster based on the Iraq War.

Ravi Chandrasekaran, former Baghdad Bureau Chief with the Washington Post and the author of "Imperial Life" explains how much inspiration "Green Zone" actually took from his book, and whether the action flick is a "policy film."

And Rafer Guzman, Takeaway contributor and film critic for Newsday, sheds light on why we've yet to see a commercially successful Iraq War movie.

And, it's time for movie trivia.  Can you answer this week's trivia questions?

  1. What leading actor portrayed someone wounded in Afghanistan and then recovered, only to be stronger than ever before? Name the actor and the movie.
  2. This lead actress in a Denzel Washington movie was dead during the whole picture. Name the movie and the actress.





Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer


Rafer Guzman

Comments [3]

Steve from Indiana

Good for Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass. It is about time someone made a movie about the debacle of the Iraq War and how the Bush Administration LIED us into this war and how they KNEW THERE WAS NO WMD'S. BUSH, CHENEY, RUMSFELD and the other todies of this administration should be held accountable. I just saw the movie and it was great. It made me mad as hell.

Mar. 28 2010 05:46 PM
zoozli from USA

good time trivia

Mar. 14 2010 12:36 AM
John from office

Would you give the Green Zone this amount of coverage if it were a favorable movie to the reasons for the war. No.

Matt Damon is a great actor, but he is a political activist, and was agianst the war. Your extended coverage, is indicative of your point of view. As the Iragi's if they lived better under Husain and his sons.

Veitnam was a military American Victory, we never lost a battle, we lost the political battle. Ask the people killed in the killing fields of cambodia, if they lived better, but, the press did not cover the aftermath of the American withdrawl from south east asia. Because it proved the need for American intervention.

Mar. 12 2010 06:57 AM

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