In the Valley of Elah (2007)
Critic Consensus: Though some of Paul Haggis's themes are heavy-handed, In the Valley of Elah is otherwise an engrossing murder mystery and antiwar statement, featuring a mesmerizing performance from Tommy Lee Jones.
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as Hank Deerfield
as Det. Emily Sanders
as Lt. Kirklander
as Joan Deerfield
as Sgt. Dan Carnelli
as Arnold Bickman
as Chief Buchwald
as Cpl. Steve Penning
as Spc. Gordon Bonner
as Spc. Ennis Long
as Mike Deerfield
as Detective Nugent
as Private Robert Ortiz
as Checker Box Bartende...
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Critic Reviews for In the Valley of Elah
It's a testament to "Elah's" stoicism that the heartbreak at how dishonesty undoes decades of dignity pierces without ever patronizing. It's an unforgettable, angry film that understands several simple thank-yous can trump eruptive, emotive speeches.
Condescending liberal dreck like In the Valley of Elah is just as awful as a thousand Fox-News commentators
In the Valley of Elah is a powerful, emotional indictment of what contemporary war can do to young men. It is a potent moral tale. This is not your father's war.
Un drama detectivesco conmovedor que termina siendo un alegato contra la guerra más contundente que cualquier discurso pacifista.
Audience Reviews for In the Valley of Elah
Not bad. From the cover, I expected a war movie, and didn't think I would be able to sit through it, but actually it was more of a mystery story, dealing with a father searching for his missing soldier son.
Though initially I found the ending anti climatic and vague, the more I thought about it and how the effects of war must warp your mind , I came to respect what they were trying to say here.
Tommy Lee Jones and Charlize Theron are both outstanding here.
A fairly decent film with a great performance from Theron, however I just wasn't too bothered about what happened. I couldn't really empathise with Hank as much as I would have liked and was just waiting for it to be over really. I didn't feel there was much mystery and it just didn't affect me.
In the Valley of Elah Quotes
|Joan Deerfield:||You don't have any children, do you?|
|Joan Deerfield:||Is that everything? Is that all of him?|
|Joan Deerfield:||Both of my boys gone. You could have left me one!|
|Sgt. Dan Carnelli:||My son has spent the last eighteen months bringing democracy to a shit hole and serving his country. He deserves better than this!|
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