The conflict in the Middle East started during the Gulf War, which lasted from
August 2, 1990 to February 28, 1991. The United States has stayed involved in issues in
the Middle East throughout the years, our involvement continuing as a patriotic
movement following the events of September 11, 2001.
Many films have been made to
help explain these various issues in the Middle East to the public.
We believe that society
is influenced and informed in more detail by watching movies about the current conflict
in the Middle East. The audience is often informed through different mediums; however,
movies have the ability of providing our society with a dramatic visual of the conflict.
Unlike radio and television, movies show uncensored violence, emotional story lines and
heroic and dramatic war scenes. However, with the conflict dragging on we believe that
society continues to be ill informed about the current events of war. By using the five
stages of the critical process we will explain how movies portray a much more in depth
depiction of the war, which ultimately informs and affects society’s views.
The first film,
, is the story of the weapons of mass destruction
(WMDs) conspiracy in Baghdad.
In the beginning of the movie, Chief Warrant Officer
Roy Miller (played by Matt Damon) invades a warehouse believed to be housing WMDs,
only to find the warehouse is empty.
Later in a debriefing with other officials, Miller
brings up that the majority of information given to him in inaccurate and anonymous.
his last three missions to find WMDs his team found nothing, but higher-ranked officials
dismiss Miller’s opinions.
After the meeting, Miller meets Martin Brown (played by
Brendan Gleeson), a CIA Baghdad bureau chief, who tells him that the next place he will
be told to look for WMDs will also be empty.
At a later investigation site, an Iraqi man
tells Miller that he saw VIPs meeting in a nearby house.
After raiding the house they
capture a man with information, who is quickly taken by Special Forces sent by Clark
Poundstone (played by Greg Kinnear), who is the Pentagon Special Intelligence in
After visiting the informant in prison, Miller and Brown figure out that
Poundstone is lying; he knew all along that there were no WMDs in Baghdad, and
continued to lie to his superiors in Washington so that Iraq would be invaded.