The Messenger

Critic Score

90%

User Score

75%
In theaters Nov 13, 2009
R, 1 hr. 53 min.

Trailer

Movie Info

Synopsis: An Iraq War veteran who just narrowly escaped death in combat struggles with his new post at the Casualty Notification Office while anticipating his upcoming discharge in this military drama starring
Director: Oren Moverman
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr. 53 min.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Theater Release: Nov 13, 2009
DVD Release: May 18, 2010

Cast

Ben Foster

Staff Sergeant Will ...
Woody Harrelson

Captain Tony Stone
Samantha Morton

Olivia Pitterson
Eamonn Walker

Colonel Stuart Dorse...
Steve Buscemi

Dale Martin

Critic Reviews

Consensus: A dark but timely subject is handled deftly by writer/directer Owen Moverman and superbly acted by Woody Harrleson and Ben Foster.
  • [An] unpredictable, episodic, deeply resonant character piece. More...
  • The bombshell is the news of a soldier's death and the delivery of that message is the heart of this unsentimental, yet deeply moving, story. More...
  • The film is premised on the verbal communication of urgent information, yet its many non-verbal moments provide the greatest strength and clarity. More...
  • Harrelson gives us layers of hurt under a callous yet needy crust. It may be the best performance of his career and certainly deserves Oscar consideration. More...
  • With the insight and sensitivity of an insider, The Messenger illuminates the sometimes invisible victims of war -- the survivors -- and a pain that is tolerated but never quite healed. More...
  • At its center lie three accomplished performances, by Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton, that are not to be missed. More...
  • The beauty in Foster's portrayal is that it never completely explodes, but anger and aching seethe behind his eyes. Harrelson, meanwhile, is a good old boy with a bad old job. More...
  • Whenever writer-director Oren Moverman moves past these scattered and admittedly voyeuristic moments into the lives of the two soldiers, the movie drifts into received wisdom and unconvincing romance. More...
  • This film doesn't take political sides -- and it's all the more heartbreaking because of its restraint. More...
  • This is a wholly different look at the fallout of the Iraq War and its effect on soldiers and civilians. It is also a gentle portrait of grief, friendship and solace. More...

User Reviews

  • We've seen countless war films about the battlefield, filled with graphic and shocking images that depict war as the ultimate hell on earth. Some of...
  • More often than not, when a film that is a wartime drama gets released, it usually focuses on the battlefield, and the horrors of war. Not all, but...
  • Captain Tony Stone: I know what you're thinkin'. You're thinkin' shit, I'm a goddamn decorated war hero with three months left to serve, and they...
  • An emotional powerhouse drama. Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster are stunning...
  • Heavy, heavy stuff. Loved it. A couple of scenes go on a bit long, but overall this is a film with a lot to it. The characters are real, the plot is...
  • War films tend to show you the brutality of conflict on the battlefield; the blood and the guts; the firepower; the fear and the bravery. Few address...
  • A Iraq War veteran works as a fatality notification officer under the tutelage of an equally damaged officer. The highlights of this film are the...
  • The Harrelson/Foster duo blow this one of the water. A very moving, deeply tragic film about the continuing horrors of war back home and the people...
  • Yaya from ANTM is in this! Yaya Dacosta! As the freaked out girlfriend who finds out her bf/husband/I don't remember is dead! YAYA. In all...
  • The acting is very good by the entire cast but the subject matter makes this a heavy going sad viewing experience.