Paul Greengrass Deconstructs Green Zone action

“It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done,” Paul Greengrass says of the frenzied nine-minute action sequence at the heart of his Iraq thriller, Green Zone. That’s quite a statement, coming from the director of four much-imitated, quick-zooming, rapid-fire films — Bloody Sunday, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, and United 93 — that revolutionized the way realistic action is shot. So here’s the setup: Matt Damon plays Miller, an officer whose WMD-hunting task force is pointlessly digging in a dirt soccer field. As the team digs, he interrogates a Baathist, and is on the verge of a breakthrough when rival Special Forces officer Briggs (Jason Isaacs) suddenly lands a helicopter, takes the prisoner, and beats down Miller. Watch the scene, and then follow the slideshow in this post as Greengrass explains the choices behind every shot.

Paul Greengrass Deconstructs Green Zone action