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Green Zone
(2010)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Orchestrated by:
John Ashton Thomas
Daniel Baker
Laura Bishop
Angus O'Sullivan
Jessica Wells

Additional Arrangements by:
James McKee Smith
Paul Mounsey
Michael John Mollo
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Varèse Sarabande
(March 9th, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek the thrill of John Powell's scores for the Jason Bourne franchise in an even more percussively abrasive and oppressively propulsive environment.

Avoid it... if electronically enhanced, perpetually slashing rhythmic force for over fifty nearly-sustained minutes, despite organic muscularity from strings and brass, is simply too overwhelming for you, especially considering the depressing thematic constructs necessary to enhance the sense of victorious corruption.
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WRITTEN 12/1/10
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Green Zone: (John Powell) Realistic-minded films about combat conditions in America's second war on Iraq had existed for a few years prior to Green Zone, but Paul Greengrass' 2010 entry took that concept and merged it with the star, shooting techniques, pacing, and music of his two Jason Bourne films. Inevitably controversial because of its blurred lines between fact and fiction, Green Zone takes the basic character sets and experiences outlined in Rajiv Chandrasekaran's fascinating book "Imperial Life in the Emerald City" and thrusts them into the genre of an action thriller. [Editor's note: This was the last book I read before suffering a major setback in my eyesight in 2008. It is gut-wrenching and entertaining journalism that is an absolute necessity for those seeking to understand America's early blunders in the war] Green Zone is essentially a chase film laced with political intrigue; Matt Damon is an American military officer charged with finding the weapons of mass destruction that were cited by the disastrous George W. Bush administration as the primary reason to go to war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. As his team continues to take casualties while coming up empty, he learns that much of the intelligence was fabricated for the CIA and that the true answer lies with a former Iraqi general who is both the target of Damon's team and those higher up in the Pentagon seeking to protect their secrets. As the protagonist fights both his own government and endures one frustration after another, he eventually finds marginal solace in the divulgence of his knowledge to the journalist who in real life was responsible for blowing the lid off of most of the Bush clan's claims about WMD. While the basic aspects of military life in Iraq's "Emerald City" and the inspirations for the fictional characters are clear and indisputable, the actual events of the chase are solely for storytelling purposes. That didn't stop the film from being labeled "anti-American" by those supporting the war, however, and Green Zone sharply divided critics and was ultimately labeled a substantial fiscal loss for Universal. It did represent the continuation of a collaboration between Greengrass and composer John Powell, one which includes both of the director's Bourne films and the lesser known United 93. Not surprisingly, Powell was asked to emulate much of the style heard in those two Bourne-related assignments, for the music functions in Green Zone as the same kind of supporting element as the quick movements, fast pacing, and downbeat ambience. Interestingly, while Powell will surprise absolutely nobody with his music for this entry, he has proven that he is indeed a master of this very specific sound. It's interesting to hear the composer continue to tweak and evolve this style with effective results.



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an unexpected gem!
kharol - January 3, 2011, at 12:20 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:51
• 1. Opening Book (2:32)
• 2. 1st WMD Raid (2:39)
• 3. Traffic Jam (2:59)
• 4. Meeting Raid (4:31)
• 5. Helicopter/Freddy Runs (2:43)
• 6. Questions (3:26)
• 7. Miller Googles (1:53)
• 8. Truth/Magellan/Attack (3:50)
• 9. Mobilize/Find Al Rawi (5:15)
• 10. Evac Preps Part 1 (8:34)
• 11. Evac Preps Part 2 (3:22)
• 12. Attack and Chase (5:25)
• 13. WTF (1:15)
• 14. Chaos/Email (4:17)

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