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In the Valley of Elah

12 Ratings: 3.9
A movie directed by Paul Haggis

In career Army officer Hank Deerfield's worldview, the American military exists to bring order to the world, and honor and dignity to every one of its soldiers. As played by Tommy Lee Jones, in a layered performance that will haunt the viewer long … see full wiki

Director: Paul Haggis
Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 14, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
11 reviews about In the Valley of Elah
review by . January 01, 2010
Tommy Lee Jones jumps head first into, The Valley of Elah........
Unlike most films of this genre Paul Haggis' "In The Valley of Elah"  takes you farther and deeper into the torn lives of soldiers and the families and the toll of war takes on  them. It's a masterful and powerful film that is part neo-noir, part social drama.  The  mix of the two  collide to create a film experience that you will not forget.               "In The Valley of Elah" is not at first glance  …
review by . May 17, 2009
Hank Deerfield, played by Tommy Lee Jones, is the quintissential military officer who lives his personal life as he did while in the Army. Tommy's two sons, following in their father's footsteps, enter the military and are subsequently involved in the war in Iraq. The oldest is killed and the youngest, Mike, disappears once released. The Army has tagged him AWOL, but Deerfield doesn't believe this and goes searching for his son. When Mike's dismembered, burned corpse is found, the Army is all too …
review by . July 01, 2009
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When young soldier Mike Deerfield returns from Iraq and immediately goes missing, his father, Hank (Tommy Lee Jones) tries to find him. Soon it appears that Mike was the victim of foul play, but Hank finds the military authorities strangely uncooperative and his only hope is a civilian police officer (Charlize Theron) who is disliked by her colleagues.       Though the film deals with war and murder, it is surprisingly unemotional and uninvolving. There is no tension or danger, …
review by . May 17, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Hank Deerfield, played by Tommy Lee Jones, is the quintissential military officer who lives his personal life as he did while in the Army. Tommy's two sons, following in their father's footsteps, enter the military and are subsequently involved in the war in Iraq. The oldest is killed and the youngest, Mike, disappears once released. The Army has tagged him AWOL, but Deerfield doesn't believe this and goes searching for his son. When Mike's dismembered, burned corpse is found, the Army is all too …
review by . February 27, 2009
Pros: beautiful work by Tommie Lee Jones     Cons: none for me     The Bottom Line:   "This is the sound of those murderous drums  The marching of footsteps  The twisting of thumbs  Over and over  Again here it comes    We're lost"    ~Annie Lennox       In the Valley of Elah was directed by Paul Haggis with writing credits to Haggis and …
review by . November 06, 2008
In the Valley of Elah
  It is all written on the faces, the harried father who desperately seeks the whereabouts of his son after a tour in Iraq, the others who served with the young man, their proud military bearing and soft-spoken reverence for authority belied by what they have seen and done in service to their country. In this powerful, haunting tale, the rigors of war fall upon the survivors. Hank Deerfield (Tommy Lee Jones), ex-career military, leaves his home in Tennessee, wife (Susan Sarandon) waiting anxiously …
review by . November 15, 2008
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):   1. War is hell   2. Coming back home can be worse       Tommy Lee Jones is perfectly cast as Hank Deerfield, a retired sergeant in the Military Police whose son Mike has gone missing shortly after returning home from active duty in Iraq.     Refusing to believe that Mike would go AWOL, Hank gets into his truck and heads off for the Army base to find out what really happened. He runs into …
review by . July 30, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Acting, acting, story, acting, pacing, suspense      Cons: A few very heavy handed metaphors that stop me from adding the last star      The Bottom Line: Elah is not as subtle as Haggis's Crash, but the intense emotion make it worth every minute even if a couple of metaphors are weak.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Paul Haggis (director, writer, and one of the producers) …
review by . May 23, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Ex MP Hank Deerfield (Tommy Lee Jones in one of his best roles) once had two sons. The first one got killed in a war, the second one has gone missing after he returned from Iraq.   Without thinking twice or discussing things with his wife (Susan Sarandon) Hank goes looking for him.   But he is not prepared for the dirty truths that come to light. It doesn't take him long to realize that the young man he is looking for has changed. With the help of a few blurry shots and videos …
review by . February 21, 2008
As this country continues to struggle with the tragedies inflicted upon all who are being singed and scorched by the Iraq War (and that includes every citizen of this country, whether directly or indirectly), films addressing this war are wither avoided by the theatrical audiences or cause flare reactions of judgment. Into this milieu writer (with Mark Boal) and director Paul Haggis places this painful examination of the effects and aftershocks of war in the persona of a father whose only son is …
review by . February 20, 2008
`In the Valley of Elah' is an absorbing police procedural about an Iraq War recruit, Mike Deerfield, who is reported AWOL a short time since returning home to his US base. Directed and written by Paul Haggis (`Crash'), the film is based on events as compiled by `Playboy' magazine writer, Mark Boals.    Tommy Lee Jones stars in a well-deserved Oscar nominated role as Mike's father, Hank Deerfield, a Vietnam veteran and the head of a military family whose two sons have enlisted …
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