Tuesday, December 01, 2009
You know how a film can take you to new worlds, show you other times and places? Well, it can also show you your own time, your own place, your own world. Oren Moverman's "The Messenger," a film about two soldiers charged with bringing the news of loved ones lost in battle or accidents to the next of kin, does that - and (because) it's an amazing film. Well shot, powerfully written, brilliantly acted. A view of the America scarred and sorrowed by war's toll - including those who survive. A sobering thing to have seen the day of the President's announcement that 30,000 more troops will see duty in Afghanistan.