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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Ben Foster
Woody Harrelson
Samantha Morton
Directors
Oren Moverman
Screenwriters
Alessandro Camon
Oren Moverman
Running Time
113 minutes

The Messenger
Oscar-nominated drama


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The Messenger

Plot
Assigned to a Casualty Notification unit, Sgt. Will Montgomery (Foster) is paired with disillusioned captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson). When he becomes close with the wife of a serviceman killed in action, Foster is faced with the fall-out of crossing an unspoken line.


Verdict
A worthy addition to the canon of Iraq war films, The Messenger has a gentle humanity that creeps under your skin. Look out for a terrific Harrelson turn, too.


Reviewed by Andrew Male

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