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David faced Goliath In the Valley of Elah . . . Academy Award winning writer and director of Crash, as well as screenwriter of Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima Paul Haggis explores the death and dishonor beneath the surface of military duty. Academy Award winners Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron and Susan Sarandon star with James Franco and Jason Patric in this mystery thriller about a father who will stop an nothing to find his son who has recently returned from Iraq to go mysteriously AWOL.]]>
Mike's company has returned from duty, but he is missing; Hank flies from Tennessee to Fort Rudd in the Southwest, to conduct his own investigation into the disappearance. There he meets a smart but put-upon police officer (Charlize Theron, glammed-down but still showing a bit too much sexy collarbone for a cop) who also smells something off in the Army's official story of the disappearance. The two form an unlikely team, but as a friend tells Deerfield early on, "You gotta trust somebody sometime, Hank," and Mike's vanishing is Hank's tipping point.
As Hank pieces together the horrifying story of Mike's fate, the incremental pain becomes etched in Jones' ragged features, and the camera captures all of it--far more powerfully than could a million words of reportage from the front lines. Theron's performance is also strong, and Susan Sarandon is moving if underutilized as Hank's grief-stricken wife, robbed of the simple nuclear family life she so wanted. "They shouldn't send heroes to places like Iraq," says one of Mike's buddies late in the film, and it's the viewers' collective sorrow--and the film's great achievement--to feel that at the deepest human level. --A.T. Hurley
It is a very interesting and controversial topic of PTSD I liked the representation. By the actorsPublished 27 days ago by Helen Giron
Very good storyline and as always Tommy Lee did a fantastic job. Loved the scene's of raising the American flag and turning it upside down to signal distress at the end of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charlene Padgett
Cast is exceptional and TL Jones' performance is inspired. This is not a nice story. It's brutal and sensitive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David
Great movie. It addresses a growing issue in America. Our young soldiers are not being prepared for the horrors they see.Published 3 months ago by Mr. Thomas G. Hayes Jr.