In the Valley of Elah (2007)


“David wants a slingshot now…I guess it could be worse; it could have been a BB gun.” – Det. Emily Sanders

Number of Times Seen – 2 (6 Feb 2008 and 15 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A former Army detective tries to find his missing son who just returned home from a tour in Iraq.

My Take on it – This film is great to watch solely due to the amazing performance by Tommy Lee Jones who is so riveting to watch.

He has played some excellent characters in his many years as an actor, but this is among his best because we can really feel for his character’s plight despite trying to separate his father and detective personas while trying to uncover the truth about his son’s disappearance.

The story starts off really well and is quite interesting to follow but at a certain point about midway through it just loses all of its momentum and turns into a typical procedural mystery that we can watch on just at any TV channel every hour of the day.

This film’s story tries to teach us all about the dangers to our young men and woman who go off to war and come back as different people; which can affect their families and friends alike.

It’s actually quite sad that such a film with a far reaching impactful message is not heeded to after a decade  because the attitudes towards veterans their difficulties reintegrating into society has only gotten worse over the years.

This fact tho, still makes this film quite relevant today even after 10 years.

Bottom Line – Jones is superb here and this can be counted among his best performances but the story that starts off so well, loses it’s momentum halfway through and turns into a typical procedural drama. The impact of some of the ideas and issues recalled here could be quite far reaching if heeded.  The fact that this film was made a decade ago and not much has changed with regard to the attitude towards veterans and their difficulty re-acclimating to society makes this film still feel relevant today.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film was originally a potential starring vehicle for Clint Eastwood, who directed Paul Haggis’ screenplay for Million Dollar Baby (2004). Eastwood turned it down, despite liking the script very much, and recommended his friend Tommy Lee Jones for the role of Hank Deerfield. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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