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The Messenger

13 Ratings: 3.3
A 2009 independent film starring Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson

If the army has a second-worst job (it goes without saying that combat is by far the scariest and most horrific), it has to be the one depicted in director-cowriter Oren Moverman'sThe Messenger, which draws us into the lives of the soldiers whose … see full wiki

Director: Oren Moverman
6 reviews about The Messenger
review by . May 16, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
If you saw Black Hawk Down and The Hurt Locker you might have gotten an idea of modern warfare - what the Soldiers are going through on a daily basis. Although Hollywood made, these films do not glorify the violence or the people; they just get you there.  Of course watching a movie - that is any movie - is nothing close to the real thing. But at least some films try to transmit an accurate picture of the situation, including the angst, shock, anger, and demonstrate the professionalism …
review by . February 26, 2010
Coming Through Loud and Clear
 THE MESSENGER Written by Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman   Directed by Oren Moverman   Starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton Dale Martin: Why are you here?  Why aren’t you dead? THE MESSENGER opens on an eye.  This is an eye that has clearly been through difficult terrain and has seen its fair share of unnecessary horror.  Its sadness and despair hang in its pupil, weighting in down as the tears inevitably fall from the corners.  …
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Go see this movie! Ben Foster is incredible. Woody is incredible. This movie is incredible.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Started off strong, and was really good until about 3/4 way through.. then suddenly went totally down hill with bad dialogue and lame plot developments. It was like the writers just abruptly stopped trying. Enjoyed Woody's character for the most par though - very strong in the first half anyway.
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
An excellent character study that looks at the lives of the men whose duty it is to inform families that their loved ones have been killed while enlisted. Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson give nuanced and powerful performances.
review by . May 23, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
THE MESSENGER, even from the 'impersonal' title choice, places the complete picture of the emotional devastation that wars create. The horrors and psychological destruction that occur on the battlefield and in the trenches awaiting encounter are only one aspect of the insanity of war. The afterburn - the effects on returning soldiers permanently damaged by the experience as well as the effects on families and loved ones who have wither been completely killed in action or simply damaged at time beyond …
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