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In The Valley Of Elah
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Reviewed on 2007-09-21
Received[3.5]  out of 4 stars
GenreDrama / Mystery / Thriller

Imagine your son is sent to Iraq for many months, only to return home and be gruesomely murdered. This is what Hank Deerfield (Tommy Lee Jones) is faced with. In The Valley of Elah is an emotional and heartbreaking movie about a father whose son, Mike, goes missing upon return to base from Iraq. Not giving up hope on finding him he travels to the base and begins to investigate and interview into the whereabouts of his son. Only he is too late, his son is found brutally murdered. As devastated as Hank is, he is not giving up on finding the true reasons behind his son’s murder or those who are held responsible.

Soon Hank teams up with Detective Emily Sanders (Charlize Theron) giving her his expertise advice from the crime scene and what possible suspects there may be. After reviewing this information shared they come to many conclusions. There was a group of specialist from his Mike’s unit who were with him during his final hours. Upon interrogating these men they are no closer to a killer than before. But they are not off Deerfield’s radar as suspects.

This film is tear-jerking. I felt many emotions while watching this. All I wanted was for this father to find some comfort, but how do you ever find that when your son is gone. Tommy Lee Jones has an award winning performance in this film and I am looking forward to a nomination for it. Charlize Theron and Susan Sarandon had equally motivating performances. Aside from a few slow moments, this film picked right up. The ending is by far the most dominant and triumphant part of this astonishing film. It grabs your attention and has you asking yourself about our current status in the war and what our troops are going through day in and day out, and what effects this will have on them once they return home. This is another home run hit for Tommy Lee Jones. 3.5 out of 4 stars.

Review By: Jolene Mendez

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