In the Valley of Elah (2007)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery


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A retired military investigator works with a police detective to uncover the truth behind his son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq.


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30 September 2007 | Movie-Jay
10
| Surprisingly Poetic and Not Very Political.
This movie is just about perfect. I love how it starts as a genre movie and then transcends into something deeper and soul-searching. Some people just don't like Paul Haggis, but I'm not one of them. I think he's very smart here; he has no political point of view, he handles Charlize Theron perfectly, and the movie forces everybody to think about the troops in a way that isn't simply political rhetoric. I love that Tommy Lee Jones feels the way so many dads do. He's never been better. Watching the police work happen is interesting on it's own, but I like that Charlize Theron is just out to do the job correctly and just shrugs off the chauvinism coming at her from her department. The movie could've gone somewhere with that, but instead just quietly lets us in on it and moves on.

There have been many very good movies the last few years about Iraq-related themes, but I don't think there is a film that captures the feeling of the national mood as good as this one. It's drained of melodrama and just sort of moves forward on really good performances of the whole cast, who all act according to their natures instead of because of stupid plot requirements.

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Release Date:

28 September 2007

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

USA

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$133,557 16 September 2007

Gross USA:

$6,777,741

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,541,790

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