Wednesday, September 03, 2008
In the Valley of Elah
Writer/director Paul Haggis (Crash) has crafted a wonderful and human film.
You enter expecting a well-acted murder mystery. Two hours later you emerge from an emotionally-charged, superbly-acted drama depicting the de-humanising effects of war.
Hank Deerfield (Tommy Lee Jones) is a retired military police officer searching for his AWOL son. When his son's dismembered body is found, the search moves to finding his murderer.
Tommy Lee Jones brilliantly portrays his character's world-weary dignity. Charlize Theron is superb as a single-mum detective and Susan Sarandon is perfect as Hanks' long-suffering wife.
Do yourself a favour and let this film restore your faith in well-written, convincingly-acted narrative.