We gave it a B
With his rhinoceros-hide mug and no-frills acting, Tommy Lee Jones thoroughly inhabits the role of an ex-MP investigating his son’s mysterious death. His Oscar-nominated turn irons out some allegorical and dramatic bumps in Paul Haggis’ Iraq-themed procedural, steering an exploration of the war’s toll on its troops into something stinging and mournful. A flop in theaters, In the Valley of Elah deserves a second chance on DVD. EXTRAS A pair of making-ofs include unsettling interviews with the parents of Richard Thomas Davis, a murdered GI ? whose case inspired Haggis’ script.