Friday, January 8, 2010

Message Delivered

I had the opportunity to see a screening of The Messenger last night.  Like The Hurt Locker, it is a war movie that's more about a warrior.  Unlike that film, The Messenger is a war film that takes place entirely on home soil.  But don't let that fool you; this film is just as gritty, uncompromising, and viscerally jarring as The Hurt Locker.  Another thing the two movies have in common is incredible, unflinching lead performances -- here Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster -- and powerful, poignant supports -- notably Samantha Morton and a surprisingly sensitive Steve Buscemi.  I would not be surprised to see some love thrown these actors way as awards season continues... 

The Messenger's intensity and raw truth is at times hard to watch, but it is a film not to be missed.

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