Green Zone - it's like Bourne in Iraq.
Alice in Wonderland - Nothing special.
Raz, forgive me for paraphrasing.
Green Zone - Nothing like Bourne, in any way shape or form, sorry. Thats why audiences got confused when they went to see it. His character in this is not pysically adept, or even that clever. I thought it was more like Jack Ryan film really, a thriller about a guy completely out of his depth, in a situation that is 10 pay scales above him. Its well made but not as compelling as it should have been. They should have cut out the Hollywood nonsense about crashing choppers and gunfights and done a proper 70' style thriller, for 1/3 the budget. Would have made an interesting movie in that capacity.
I know Hurt Locker got a lot of stick on here and it isnt for everyone (the huge amount of hype cant help) but the film is more tense, better acted and overall more compelling as you dont know the end (which you do with GZ), on only 1/4 of the budget. Goes to show money doesnt mean anything. I think the mistake the PR department made with HL is they advertised it as a war film. Its not, its a thriller/drama about an obsessed, closed-off bloke who happens to be in a warzone, the Iraq conflict is almost beside the point, the film could have been set in Nam or WW2 or even starred a bomb disposal cop.
As for Alice, competely agree, its chewing gum for the eyes with no emotional weight and very little characterisation. No 3d, it would have barely made its money back. Avatar had the davnatage of having better 3d to start off with and actual characterisation.
Shutter Island doesnt interest me. If it starred Mark Ruffalo as lead it might though (amazing in Zodiac , should have got some award recognition). fact is Leo is a fine actor but lacks gravitas for role such as this. He looks like a computerised older version of himself from when he was in Gilbert Grape, rather than an actual human being. Its just off-putting.