Matt Damon films are usually a good bet.
Just look at his filmography on imdb.com.
His breakout role in “Good Will Hunting” (Oscar, Best Original Screenplay)
“The Talented Mr. Ripley”
The “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise
“The Bourne Identity/Supremacy/Ultimatum”
“Stuck on You” — a personal favorite
“The Good Shepherd”
“The Departed” (Oscar, Best Picture, Best Director)
Yeah, Matt brings it.
But based on the trailer for his latest movie “The Green Zone,” I’m afraid the screenwriter didn’t.
The movie is very Bourne-like, which plays to Matt’s strengths. It’s got Greg Kinnear in it, too, which makes me happy. But the trailer is a literal cliche fest.
How are we supposed to get excited about a film that promotes itself with lines like…
“I came here to save lives!”
“Put your game face on!”
“You’re my prisoner. I’m taking you in!”
“People are dying out here. I want to know why!”
“You have no idea who you’re dealing with!”
Brian Helgeland wrote “The Green Zone.” He won an Oscar for the “LA Confidential” screenplay and also wrote “A Knight’s Tale” (one of my personal favorites).
Maybe this just wasn’t one of Helgeland’s best efforts.
Or the trailer editor wasn’t in the zone…