Sunday, 30 November 2008

In the Valley of Ellah

Excellent performances, compelling viewing, but ultimately a vehicle for an essay on the American forces in Iraq. It presents itself as a thriller, but about halfway through, we realise that the explanation will not totally satisfy.

Metaphors are signposted, especially the misleading David and Golliath parable and flag flying upside down, and Tommy Lee Jones and Charlize Theron's story archs are unimaginative.

I was left feeling that it would have been better if Tommy's character had just stayed at home, as there was nothing he could do to affect the rot but turn a blind eye.

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