The Messenger (2010)

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  105 min.
Release Date: February 26, 2010 (limited)
DVD: May 18, 2010

Current rating: Rating: 3.71
based on 30 votes and 11 reviews
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Cast: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone


U.S. Army officer Will Montgomery has just returned home from a tour in Iraq and is assigned to the Army's Casualty Notification service. Partnered with fellow officer Tony Stone to bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers, Will faces the challenge of completing his mission while seeking to find comfort and healing back on the home front. When he finds himself drawn to Olivia, to whom he has just delivered the news of her husband's death, Will's emotional detachment begins to dissolve and the film reveals itself as a surprising, humorous, moving and very human portrait of grief, friendship and survival.

Director: Oren Moverman
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Mark Gordon, Lawrence Inglee, Zach Miller
Screenplay: Oren Moverman, Alessandro Camon
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  • 5 stars "an excellent, gripping movie!"
  • 4 stars "Different from what I expected, but enjoyed it nonetheless."
  • 3 stars "Really 2 1/2 stars. Great performances, but very slow moving...lots of pregnant pauses. Nice turn by Samantha Morton"