In the Valley of Elah

In the Valley of Elah
In the Valley of Elah
  • R
  • 2h 1m
  • 2007
Fresh73%
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David faced Goliath In the Valley of Elah . . . Academy Award winning writer and director of Crash, as well as screenwriter of Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima Paul Haggis explores the death and dishonor beneath the surface of military duty. Academy Award winners Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron and Susan Sarandon star with James Franco and Jason Patric in this mystery thriller about a father who will stop an nothing to find his son who has recently returned from Iraq to go mysteriously AWOL.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh73%
Critics Consensus: Though some of Paul Haggis's themes are heavy-handed, In the Valley of Elah is otherwise an engrossing murder mystery and antiwar statement, featuring a mesmerizing performance from Tommy Lee Jones.
Reviews
Time Out
Hank Sartin
Fresh

June 22, 2017
Entertainment Weekly
Fresh

June 21, 2017
BBC.com
Neil Smith
Fresh

Powerful, downbeat drama with an anti-war message.

June 21, 2017
Time Out
David Fear
Rotten

December 31, 2018
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Intense, mature murder mystery tackles Iraq war.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this contemplative, slow-moving mystery/drama isn't for kids. Its focus on military culture and wartime trauma yields images of chaotic, violent combat footage (much of this is shown in choppy, handheld cell phone video that can be hard to see/interpret). The movie's central murder is discussed frequently, and morgue scenes show the victim's mother's grief, as well as a brief glimpse of the body itself (there's another quick shot of an additional victim's body later on). Strippers are bare-breasted, and characters discuss a female detective who slept with her boss. Strong language includes many uses of "f--k," plus other profanity ("s--t," "p---y," "ass," etc.), and some disparaging terms used to describe Mexican Americans.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date:September 14, 2007
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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