Review: In the Valley of Elah

Paul Haggis has been hammering on the road the past few year, both as writer, producer and director. For this movie, he’s doing all three again (last time was 2004’s Crash). His main field is drama, and evoking emotion is his specialty. This movie though, is a bit low key, and not really grand in both story and on screen execution. It plays out in a small town with few characters. Investigation doesn’t seem that exciting either. The acting is good though, and that’s where the drama counts (Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Surandon, and a lil’ bit Charlize Theron). Usually when I hear the name Paul Haggis, I expect just a little bit more, but still, it’s a nice entry.7+.

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