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The Messenger (2009)

Written By Awir Aditya on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 | 1:56 AM


Genre: Drama/Romance/War

Starring: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton

For regular civilians, the army has always been about guns and bloodshed. US Army Staff Sergeant Will Montogomery (Foster) has been reassigned to the Casualty Notification Team, after being injured during war in Iraq. His job requires him to notify the death of a soldier to their families even though he doesn't have any prior training in that field. He has Captain Tony Stone (Harrelson) for company, an alcoholic and sex-obsessed soldier who has never been on the battlefield. Will sees that going up to the front porch and giving bad news to families is not the easiest task in the world, although it may sound so. He suddenly finds himself attracted to Olivia Pitterson (Morton) a lady to whom he had notified her husbands death. He finds himself facing an ethical dilemma whether to seduce the wife of a fellow soldier or respect her feelings and stay away from the relationship. For a change this movie explores a different side of the army, relatively unknown to regular people and does a decent job. The movie doesn't have any plot to build up on and most of the movie shows the duo notifying families and the hardship of their job. Woody Harrelson puts on an amazing performance but that is probably the only highlight of the movie.

Thumbs up: Woody Harrelson
Thumbs down: Slow and repetitive

Rating: 6.4/10
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