In the Valley of Elah

Mikey 2 comments
In the Valley of Elah

If there is one actor I have enormous respect for, it's Tommy Lee Jones. Watching Jones do 30 seconds of nothing is more interesting than watching some other actors do 30 minutes of 'acting'. In the Valley of Elah sees Jones star as Hank Deerfield, a retired Army officer investigating the mysterious disappearance of his son, who vanished a few days after returning from fighting in Iraq.

Not satisfied with the Army's explanation, Deerfield leaves his wife behind at home while he heads off to the town where his son was stationed to investigate. Deerfield spends a lot of time talking to unforthcoming Army and Police officers, but with the 'help' of one vulnerable Police Detective, he manages to connect the dots which eventually form an awful truth.

The story and script are great, but Jones' stony yet caring performance is truly mesmerising. There are no special effects, explosions, no fancy camera work or diatribe monologues, leaving the actors to earn their pay cheques which they do exceedingly well.

In the Valley of Elah is a stunning film, one that shows an often untold side of war, and one that doesn't pretend to be anything more than what it is.

4_.5 stars

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Tuesday 19th August 2008 | 11:54 AM

Hey Mikey...I just watched this per your recomendation,and it is truley a great film. We loved it. It was also interesting to see no less that three actors from No Country in this film along with Tommy Lee Jones. Barry Corbin who played Ellis in No country, Josh Brolin, Kathy Lamkin who was the Manager of the trailer park in No country.

Not to mention that the theme of this film was cut from similar cloth as No Country.

BTW, did you ever get to see Pan's Labyrinth?


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Tuesday 19th August 2008 | 12:13 PM response to this comment by Friendo. Hey mate - glad you liked it. I have since watched again. It was awesome the 2nd time around as well. I did notice the "no country" connection as well although I didn't recognise Kathy Lamkin.

I haven't got around to watching Pan's Lab yet. I will soon I promise :-)

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