There has been so much discussion on this film and the controversy surrounding it. It is in fact, a fictional movie, however, according to Wiki, Writer/Director “Paul Greengrass, has said that he first thought about making a movie about the subject of the war in Iraq, rather than telling a particular story. Although he initially supported Tony Blair’s justifications of the war, he became disillusioned over time. Greengrass carried out extensive research into the background to the conflict, reading journalists such as Bob Woodward, Seymour Hersh, James Risen, Thomas Ricks, and Ron Suskind, in addition to Rajiv Chandrasekaran, whose book he optioned. He has even compiled a document, How Did We Get It So Wrong?, detailing what he learned. Although Greengrass initially wanted to make a smaller film, he eventually decided a bigger budget production would expose more people to the ideas in the film.”
“Addressing some of the contentions in the film, Greengrass has said that the arguments about disbanding the Iraqi army portrayed in the film represent debates that actually took place for US policy makers. The issue of the culpability of the Fourth Estate in taking intelligence at face value, although embodied by a single character, represents a broad based failing in both the USA and UK, but for Greengrass the fault ultimately lay with those trying to manipulate them.”
But whether the film is based on fact or pure fiction, it does raise some questions such as “What if there really were no weapons of mass destruction?”
Now, this certainly could stir up some disagreements, but let’s just look at the action and the story line for a moment, remembering that it is a fictional story.
Aside from the controversy of this movie, there is a lot of great action, sadly war action, but action just the same.
All the while Matt Damon’s character Army Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller continuously gets sent into assigned sites (such as warehouses or citizen’s homes) to find weapons of mass destruction, including live chemical agents. However every site he is sent to,no matter how overly-prepared, the sites all come up empty. He repeatedly tells his “higher-ups” that he is finding nothing but they keep suppressing him and sending him and his troops on wild goose chases.
The DVD edition includes special features such as deleted scenes with commentary by both Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass and “Matt Damon: Ready for Action.”
The DVD is available at most of the following local rental outlets. It is also available from Netflix and online or neighborhood Blockbuster.
Mr. Video Store
426 South Rock Blvd, Sparks
Noah’s Video Store
8645 N Lake Blvd, Kings Beach
10095 Dorchester Dr, Truckee
3723 N Carson St, Carson City
901 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village
930 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village