In the Valley of Elah

The Valley of Elah is not a recent film, it is from 2007, but I only watched it last week. Tommy Lee Jones plays the role of a man who investigates the murder of his son, recently returned from Irak. Charlize Theron is a policewoman whom he befriends, and who will help him to solve the mystery surrounding his son’s death. The plot is good and the mystery remains until the end. The themes tackled by the movie are not light ones: the Irak war and what it does to soldiers; the behaviour of American soldiers in Irak; the opacity of the army and the powerlessness of individuals against it. The treatment of some of these themes is a little heavy-handied, but the film is a good one, with great acting. It was directed by Paul Haggis.

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