Yes, this particular movie is based in a war zone, and a particularly famous and talked about zone: Iraq. Keeping this in mind, it’s not too difficult to imagine a US Army regiment out in the desert looking around for the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) that Iraqi, Saddam in particular, has kept well stashed away.
The movie does not have any piece of slack scenes and all the “intel” that you gather is done throughout the movie. It starts off with Miller(Damon) raiding a place in Baghdad which purportedly is a storage place for WMD. Following this is a slick scene out of a video game where a small troop surrounds the area and takes out a sniper in the neighbouring building. Miller then leads the team to the storage area only to find that there is nothing to be found.
Miller decides that the person behind the “intel reports” doesn’t seem to be too reliable and speaks about this in a meeting post their storage raid. However, he is silenced into following orders and is told that the reports are confirmed and the only reason they don’t find anything is because they aren’t moving fast enough.
The CIA has a different take on it though and a CIA man named Martin tells Miller that he has similar doubts that the intel reports are fake. Miller finds a local ally, “Freddy”, who gives him some information about a meeting taking place amongst the supporters of Saddam. Following the tip, Miller is led to Al Rawi, the chief general of Saddam, who barely escapes the firing.
The story leads on to cover the strategies and tactics involved in the capture of the general, and the whole truth about the WMD intel. Giving out any more info would be a dead giveaway. With no dull moment, except perhaps the interval, this movies packs a punch and the grainy effect to the video at times, gives the movie a more realistic feel that it may have been.
A good watch, even if you aren’t a war movie buff, just like I ain’t.
Contributed by Rakesh Nair