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Exclusive: Greengrass & Damon return

03 July 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  

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After the knock-out success of The Bourne Ultimatum, a new film from Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon carries no shortage of expectation. We've been given the exclusive first official shot from Green Zone, a film that sees the pair heading in a new, more ambitious, direction. Click the image below for a closer look.

Loosely based on Rajiv Chandresekaran's book Imperial Life In The Emerald City, Green Zone has Damon as chief warrant officer Roy Miller, a soldier stationed in Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and charged with finding weapons of mass destruction. Quickly suspecting that said WMDs don't actually exist, he seeks out the truth, with perilous results.

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Though this is Greengrass' take on the situation in Iraq, don't expect the tub-thumping that some other Iraq-centric films have employed, and subsequently watched audiences turn away from. "[We're] not trying to make a statement," Damon tells us. "Particularly with a movie that costs $80 or $90 million. Hopefully this will feel like an accurate portrayal of what things were like for these guys. You can't do a polemic – you should be blogging if that's what you want to do."

While you shouldn't expect Bourne 4, this is planned as a full-on thriller and with Greengrass' form on tackling political hot topics (Bloody Sunday, United 93), we're hoping for, and expecting, something intelligent and riveting.

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The Bourne Insurgency
Hmm, well maybe not. But I've been looking forward to this for a while. With Greengrass' previous efforts, along with Syriana, and The Good Shepherd, plus the overtly political Bourne Ultimatum, it seems clear this is finally the collaboration these two forces wanted to make. I think they're both great and for me United 93 was the best film of 2006. I've always been a staunch defender of Greengrass' shooting and editing style. High hopes for this one. More

Posted by Concise_Statement at 12:05 on 08 July 2008 | Report This Post

They recently did a couple of week's of filming for this by the Royal Docks in East London. There's a big abandoned warehouse there that lots of people use for TV, films and adverts. At one point it looked like they were setting up some kind of stunt involving a car going into the water. Not exactly a big scoop but thought people might be interested. More

Posted by MTFlanders at 17:12 on 07 July 2008 | Report This Post

I like Greengrass's films but he seriously over does this whole 'shakey' cam thing, it's like he's poking the poor camera man with a stick constantly. Why does the camera need to be bobbing around during a bloomin' conversation? More

Posted by CameronJames at 11:38 on 03 July 2008 | Report This Post

Hey Bezerker ...
Matt Damon is a friend of us all! More

Posted by Mad Dog Tannen at 11:26 on 03 July 2008 | Report This Post

Even without taking Bournes 2 and 3 into account, just looking at United 93 and Bloody Sunday makes me scratch my desk in anticipation of this. More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 10:21 on 03 July 2008 | Report This Post

Hatebox, you should know that it's against the law to say any negative about the Bourne films! i mean, he beat the crap outt've a guy with a magazine! More

Posted by Hughezy at 10:15 on 03 July 2008 | Report This Post

The Bourne films are bewilderingly overrated but this has piqued (sp?) my interest... More

Posted by hatebox at 00:52 on 03 July 2008 | Report This Post

I wish I was Matt Damon's pal, he seems like such a cool guy More

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