- Cast: Matt Damon, Jason Isaacs, Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson, Amy Ryan, Said Faraj, Michael O'Neill, Khalid Abdalla, Yigal Naor, Antoni Corone, Raad Rawi, Sean Huze, Nicoye Banks, Martin McDougall, Lewis Alsamari, Jerry Della Salla, Edouard H.R. Gluck, Paul Rieckhoff, Tommy Campbell, Amar Adatia, Bijan Daneshmand, Paul Karsko, Adam Wendling, Soumaya Akaaboune, Allen Vaught, William Meredith, Brian VanRiper, Alex Moore, Aymen Hamdouchi
- Director: Paul Greengrass
- Writer: Brian Helgeland
- Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lloyd Levin
- Co Producers: Mairi Bett, Michael Bronner, Jo Burn, Christopher Rouse, Kate Solomon
- Associate Producers: Alvaro Ron, Tadeo Villalbahijo
- Art Direction: Paul Kirby
- Castings: Daniel Hubbard, John Hubbard, Amanda Mackey Johnson, Cathy Sandrich
- Costume Design: Sammy Sheldon
- D.O.P.: Barry Ackroyd
- Editor: Christopher Rouse
- Makeup: Nadia Stacey
- Music: John Powell
- Production Design: Dominic Watkins
- Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
Set in the chaotic early days of the Iraqi War when no one could be trusted and every decision could detonate unforeseen consequences. During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Damon) and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped and treacherous site to the next, the men search for deadly chemical agents but stumble instead upon an elaborate cover-up that inverts the purpose of their mission.
Spun by operatives with intersecting agendas, Miller must hunt through covert and faulty intelligence hidden on foreign soil for answers that will either clear a rogue regime or escalate a war in an unstable region. And at this blistering time and in this combustible place, he will find the most elusive weapon of all is the truth.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: London, UK; Murcia, Spain; Rabat, Morocco
- MPAA Warning: Violence and Language
- Production Budget: $150 million
- Production Companies: Universal Pictures, Studio Canal, Relativity Media, Working Title Films, Antena 3 Films
- Production Schedule: September 2008 - December 2008
2010 Guide Analysis: "The re-teaming of "Bourne" franchise helmer Greengrass and star Matt Damon, together in a setting that actually lends itself to Greengrass' often frustrating shaky cam style of filming, looked at first to be the setup for a potential Oscar-style drama. Then came a half year delay and a first trailer which pegged this as essentially 'Jason Bourne in Iraq'.
So it won't win any awards, but when it comes to action that duo have set a modern standard that many have tried to copy and failed to truly match. One concern however is that standard seems to have gotten a old now, audiences are speaking out more and more about how fed up they're getting with quick cut, wobbly handicam work which trades in clarity and style for intensity and sometimes nausea.
More pressing concerns though lie in quality and cost. Rumored to have a budget close to $150 million thanks to numerous reshoots, the presence of the 'Bourne' duo can't hide the fact that even action-geared films about Iraq have not done well (ie. "The Kingdom"). Also Greengrass has come under fire for essentially making up the film as he goes along, not a worry in the case of the Bourne movies which already had a pre-existing formula but it may not work this time around."