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The Messenger
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Oren Moverman


An Iraq War veteran who just narrowly escaped death in combat struggles with his new post at the Casualty Notification Office in this military drama starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, and Samantha Morton. Will Montgomery (Foster) has spent his fair share of time in army hospitals, and with just three months to go before returning to civilian life, he discovers that his girlfriend back home (Malone) has decided to move on. Crestfallen, Will finds that his latest hope for a fresh start will be training to work for the Casualty Notification Office under the mentorship of senior officer Tony (Harrelson). As someone who had a close brush with death himself, Will isn't sure that he's the man to tell families that their own loved ones will never be coming home. Thankfully, in between his assignments, Tony offers a sympathetic ear and the two men form a bond that will ultimately help them to readjust to "normal" life. Later, Will is drawn to the grieving widow (Morton) of a fallen soldier, a development that forces him to ponder the ethical dilemma of starting a relationship with a woman in such a vulnerable position.

GENRES - drama

Film Info

RUNTIME - 113 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 2009

FORMAT - DVD Region 1

COUNTRY - United States

LANGUAGE - English

ATTRIBUTES - Widescreen

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Director

Oren Moverman

Screenwriter

Oren Moverman

Screenwriter

Alessandro Camon

Star(s)

Steve Buscemi

Star(s)

Woody Harrelson

Star(s)

Eamonn Walker

Star(s)

Jena Malone

Star(s)

Samantha Morton

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Press

"Mr. Harrelson, using his natural affability as a mask for his character's pain and insecurity, has never been better."

- A. O. Scott, New York Times

"Morton makes for a richly complex Olivia....Foster's Will carries the film..."

- Washington Post

3.5 stars out of 4 -- "This heart-rending tale also is a mesmerizing one because of several superb performances, particularly those of Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson."

 

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