IN THE VALLEY OF ELLAH is a mystery that also explores the effect the Iraq war has on the soldiers when they come home. A
retired military man, Hank Deerfield (Tommy Lee Jones), goes to track down his son Mike Deerfield who has recently returned
from Iraq. The Army is of no help and he turns to Detective Emily Sanders (Charlize Theron) to help him. Soon it is discovered
his son was murdered and Hanks looks for who killed his son.
Paul Haggis makes another fantastic film. Whether he is just writing a James Bond film or be the force behind CRASH, Paul
makes the viewer think or at least entertain them. IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH is inspired by true events and also tackles the
effect the Iraq War has on our soldiers (and the treatement system being inadequate). Tommy Lee Jones turns in another powerful
perfomance (better than what he in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN). He shows Hank's unspoken grief and determination. Charlize Theron
continues to amaze me with her depth to handle different roles. This film is worth seeing.
IN THE VALLEY OF ELLAH: AFTER IRAQ and IN THE VALLEY OF ELLAH: COMING HOME are part of a two part making of documentary that
explores the production, the actual events that inspired the film, the prep work the actors went through, and thoughts on
the iraq War and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment (or lack of). Also included is a deleted scene that shows Hank
looking for his son's girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez.
FINAL ANALYSIS: IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH is an engrossing drama that also makes you think.
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