(I) (2009)

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"The Hurt Locker" may be getting all the attention and awards but The Messenger is at least as good and perhaps, given its delicate handling of a sensitive subject, even better.
It's a tremendously moving drama, filled with heartbreak, humor and, more importantly, humanity.
Its truths are personal. It means to shake you. And does.
This heart-rending tale also is a mesmerizing one because of several superb performances, particularly those of Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson.
This is a writer's picture, no less than a visual experience that approaches its subject as tactfully as the messengers do. No fancy camerawork. It happens, we absorb it.
Messengers with the worst possible message, they nonetheless manage to be human and alive, humorous and lively. In a film that itself bears such sad tidings about the costs of war, that is an affirming, even an inspiring, gift.
There's nothing drab about the tormented place these men take each other to. You'll want to go along.
The Hollywood Reporter
Moverman adopts a functional directing style that gives full rein to the actors' impressive performances.
A privileged glimpse into people's private pain, a drama shot with the simplicity and immediacy of a documentary.
For all the film's gritty verisimilitude, The Messenger is not the great Iraq War movie that Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" is.
Feels more respectful than real.

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