After his army son goes AWOL, retired military policeman Hank Deerfield (Jones) heads off to find his errant boy. His search proves complex, however, and he enlists the reluctant help of a local detective (Theron).
Tense, powerful and considerably less crass than Crash, Elah may be jammed with ideas that don’t all connect, but Jones’ devastating performance makes this a compassionate and very human look at the Iraq conflict.
Reviewed by William Thomas
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