In the Valley of Elah
Sometimes finding the truth is easier than facing it.
So I can have a date after the Oscars?
Paul Haggis is back with a look at war. Our hero is a Vietnam vet, whose son has just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. Son goes missing from his base, and dad decides to mosy down and find out why. When the son turns up dead, and the military police are slow to investigate, he takes over, at times competing with and at times helping and being helped by a pretty female cop. The truth about what happened, however, is not pleasant. Haggis examines several issues around war, racism, male bonding, and sexism.
119 minutes, No persons under 13 (Language, Nudity, Violence)
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Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Jason Patric, Susan Sarandon, James Franco, Barry Corbin, Josh Brolin
|Screenplay||Paul Haggis, from a story by Mark Boal|
|Sound formats||Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS, Dolby SR|
|Produced by||Blackfriars Bridge Films, NALA Films, Samuels Media, Summit Entertainment|
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|FPB Report (SA)|
|Language||Strong and frequent|
|Nudity||Fairly frequent, nude breasts|
|Sex||Infrequent sexual references|
|Violence||Fairly strong, some bloodiness, frequent references|
|Comments||Menacing and threatening, this investigation into the murder of a soldier makes a strong anti-war statement.|
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|ScreenIt Report (USA)|
|Sex / Nudity||Violence||Blood / Gore / Gross||Guns /|
|Alcohol / Drugs||Smoking||Disrespectful /|
|Imitative Behaviour||Frightening /|
|Jump Scenes||Tense Family Scenes||Music (Scary/Tense)||Music (Inappropriate)||Topics to talk about|
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|The CitizenBruce Dennill ||15|
|Sunday TimesBarry Ronge ||15|
|Chicago Sunday TimesRoger Ebert ||20|
|ReelViews (USA)James Berardinelli ||13|
|Rolling Stone (US)Peter Travers ||15|
|ScreenIt (USA)C. Fuchs||10|
|IMDB1334 Netizens ||16|
|Average .. 69%||14|
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