In the Valley of Elah Movie Reviews
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Sorry to disappoint, James, but the murder portrayed in this film is neither "improbable" nor an "insult" to anyone. Rather, it is an accurate portrayal of a murder that actually occurred. See http://www.cbsn ews.com/stories /2006/05/17/48h ours/main162506 4.shtml for a full description. The events in the movie happened pretty much as portrayed. You should check your facts before spouting off uninformed opinions. Either that or just go watch Sean Hannity and leave reviewing movies to people who know what they're talking about. Anyone who thinks that the movie incorrectly portrays the problems that veterans have upon their return, or exaggerates events in Iraq is sadly mistaken, and this is a subject that needs to be addressed rather than swept under the rug or dismissed with tired and hackneyed Anne Coulter-style "Oh those darn liberal filmmakers! Why do they hate America?" comments. This is a superbly-acted and filmed motion picture that deserves to be seen and discussed widely, rather than being dismissed as "improbable."
Well acted, well thought out. Anti-war. Tommy lee Jones always seems like he is playing himself rather than acting, I'm not sure if that's good or bad but it works in this film. It's slow moving but that seems to make it more realistic. Grusome at times and sad continually. Worth seeing.
Liked the acting, atmosphere somber, bland colors much like the plot. Improbable that a murder would be perpetrated as portrayed. Not so subtle suggestion that Iraq veterans are torturers, murderers, and that they would behave like they are depicted in this movie. Worse, and to further the insult, they are druggies, liars and boozers looking for illicit sex. Very surprised they omitted pedophilia. Any movie with Susan Sarandon should be the first clue that this movie would malign our troops in a time of war. Save your money, even Tommy Lee Jones and Charlize Theron cannot carry this weak, improbable plot.
Superbly acted drama. This movie IS anti-war(Roger Egbert your full of crap)Tommy Lee Jones and cast deliver a thoughtful rendition of circumstances that affect soldiers and their families, and what happens when bad things get worse. The symmetry between Jones and Sarandon is particularly compelling, as is Theron's character and her dogged pursuit for justice.