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In the Valley of Elah

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James Franco, Tommy Lee Jones, ...
Lorey Sebastian

In the Valley of Elah

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
119 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/14/07
performer:
Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, James Franco, Susan Sarandon
director:
Paul Haggis
distributor:
Warner Independent Pictures
author:
Paul Haggis
genre:
Drama, War

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.