The Messenger | Chicago Reader

The Messenger

After being wounded in Iraq, a valorous but emotionally repressed soldier (Ben Foster) returns to the States, where the army, displaying all the irony of a Hollywood screenwriter, assigns to him the wrenching duty of notifying parents and spouses that their loved ones have died in combat. The scenes of him and his partner (Woody Harrelson) showing up at people's doorsteps recall the landmark cop show Homicide: Life on the Street in their unmitigated anguish. But whenever writer-director Oren Moverman moves past these scattered and admittedly voyeuristic moments into the lives of the two soldiers, the movie drifts into received wisdom and unconvincing romance. Alessandro Camon cowrote the script; with Samantha Morton, Jena Malone, and Steve Buscemi. R, 105 min.

Credits

Director:

  • Oren Moverman

Cast:

  • Ben Foster
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Samantha Morton
  • Jena Malone
  • Eamonn Walker
  • Peter Friedman
  • Gaius Charles
  • Halley Feiffer
  • Merritt Wever
  • Jeremy Strong

Writers:

  • Alessandro Camon
  • Oren Moverman

Producer:

  • Benjamin Goldhirsh

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