The Messenger (2009/I)
Director: Oren Moverman
Cast: Ben Foster as Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery, Jena Malone as Kelly, Eamonn Walker as Colonel Stuart Dorsett, Woody Harrelson as Captain Tony Stone, Yaya DaCosta as Monica Washington, Portia as Mrs. Burrell, Lisa Joyce as Emily, Steve Buscemi as Dale Martin, Peter Francis James as Dr. Grosso, Samantha Morton as Olivia Pitterson, Paul Diomede as Motorcycle Cop, Jahmir Duran-Abreau as Matt Pitterson, Gaius Charles as Recruiter Brown, Brendan Sexton III as Recruiter Olson, Brian Adam DeJesus as Teenager #1 (as Brian DeJesus)
Another gloomy drama depicting what life is like when back home in
wartime; this movie features some really great acting performances and
a subject that resonates every time very powerfully. The plot hasn't
been developed too much, as the story feels more focused on the
characters, on their moody and attitudes/emotions. It's about a
remarkable direction relying very much on the introspective work of the
lead actors. Ben Foster is terrific as a man permanently on the edge,
Woody Harrelson excellent as well as one who's crossed the edge
already. Impressive is also the approach to heroism, without ever
simplifying it and with a strong attention to the story-telling detail.
And even though the plot takes a couple of contrived turns, there's a
subtle, observant film-making about what's going on inside the
characters for a change.