In the Valley of Elah

 

Three stars (R)

Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron

Paul Haggis (Crash) offers a mystery story surrounding the death of a soldier freshly returned from the Iraq war. He also makes a statement about war itself. He gets his point across within the flow of the plotline, but adds some over-the-top moments to drill home his message. Luckily, the cast triumphs over Haggis’ thematic ham-handedness as well as the clichés in the script. 124 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes additional scenes along with the featurettes “After Iraq” and “Coming Home,” which are about the true story of Richard Davis, the man whose death inspired the film.

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