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Posted October 1, 2010
Don't even spend your Net Flix plan on this stinker.
'In the Valley of Elah' could have made an excellent suspense film with a great cast of actors--Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, the relatively unknown name but familiar face Wayne Duvall. Based on actual events, a military veteran father seeks answers from both military and civilian police after his active military son vanishes, then is found murdered and mutilated in a way consistent with drug trafficking. Was he involved with narcotics, or trafficking? This film could have stayed on the suspense track, yet veered into anti-war, and, finally, the U S is a hopelessly in distress country message at the end, with its flag shamelessly defaced. Incidentally, I find it ironic that the producer even acknowledged a story out of the Judeo Christian Bible as contributing to the film's title, as blame America first types typically have disdain for the Bible and Christians. I very recently visited an Arab nation. If said producer or any cast members feel they would have a much better time living there than here, I would be more than happy to pay for their tickets.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2008
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