Matt Damon's 'Green Zone': Bad title, awesome trailer

I’ve never been in a war’s green zone myself, and on first blush, this title made me think of either a lame sports term or a superheroic recycling initiative. But I do know that the trailer for this au courant thriller from the boys behind the two best Bourne films, star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, is full of kick-ass (trailer embedded after the jump).

We’ve got Damon as an army warrant officer in a battle-vest, Amy Ryan as a hardened reporter, Greg Kinnear as a government jerkwad, Brendan Gleeson as Rambo‘s Col. Trautman (a.k.a., the dude who tells the people after an on-the-lam Damon,”You have no idea who you’re dealing with here”) — man, sign me up. Greengrass has yet to make a bad film, and Damon is rapidly becoming the only star in Hollywood who can convincingly do real-world action.

Whaddya think? Can March 10, 2010 simply not come fast enough?

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  • Jay

    This is basically Bourne goes to the Middle East. So, yeah, I’m there.

    • crispy

      That’s what I was thinking too. Even the font used in the preview looks the same as the fonts used in the Bourne movies.

  • Dum

    Dunno… looks an awful lot like another Bourne episode, not much of a stretch for Greengrass or Damon.

  • Brad Niesmertelny

    Greengrass loves him some Moby. Which makes me love Greengrass even more.

  • Qualowarm

    I guess it’s a lot to ask for entertainment writers to have the least familiarity with the actual as opposed to the celebrity world, but the term “green zone” has been repeated ad nauseum in coverage of the Iraq war since late 2003

    • milky

      I agree with Qualowarm.. How could you hear ‘Green Zone’ and NOT think of the war?

    • Anne

      I thought the same thing. I thought everyone knew the importance (and location) of the Green Zone. Of course, when you are busy worried about break ins at the Hilton house you might get distracted by the news.

  • Jim

    This is basically Damon goes to fantasy Iraq and spews his conspiricy theories. Not interested.

    • Reed

      It’s based on a true story.

    • Julie

      Jim, this film is based on a 2006 book ‘ Imperial Life in the Emerald City’ written by someone who was there. The bottom line is that the US govt said they had knowledge of WMD’s when it turned out they did not. This is a fact, and it would be difficult to challenge this premise with any halfway rational argument.

  • Chris

    Reminds me of Greenzo from 30 Rock.

    • Zach

      I was thinking the same thing.

  • swede

    From the looks of it – it looks an “America was wrong” movie. I’ve had enough of that from Moore, I’ll pass.

    • Chris

      geeze what a baby…do you still believe in Santa too?

    • crispy

      It’s based on true events. So yeh, it probably has an “America was wrong” vibe.

  • ignatzh

    The title makes perfect sense to anybody with an IQ above 70 who reads or watches the news. I guess that excludes “entertainment” writers.

    • TMB

      He didn’t say it didn’t make sense, he said it wasn’t a good title for an action film.

  • boster

    i don’t care if it’s bascically another bourne movie. It’s ANOTHER BOURNE MOVIE! That’s awsome!!

  • PB

    This has nothing to do with the book, which is similar to MASH.

  • Karen

    I was in London when they were shooting this. They were filming at my hotel. I was on a elevator with Mr. Damon and he was such a gentleman. I can’t wait to see this movie. I have been waiting a long time.

  • Robert

    They should have named it: Bourne Goes to Green Zone. anyway i’ll be there! Yahoo!

  • MYK

    Way to make yourself sound like a self absorbed idiot, Marc. Maybe you were trying to be funny? FAIL

  • treee

    The Bourne Tangent. I’m there.

  • Lisa Simpson

    Mark, if you want to know about the Green Zone, may I suggest the book “Imperial Life in the Emerald City”.

    • crispy

      That’s the book this movie is based on.

      • Lisa Simpson

        It’s inspired by the book rather than based on it, but it’s still an incredible book for anyone who needs to brush up on the Iraq War. And it was a finalist for the National Book Award.

    • Dan

      Looks like an updated version of Hugh Laurie’s The Gun Seller, right down to shooting down the helicopter.

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