"Your son is missing." Its the phone call every soldiers father dreads. What Hank Deerfield (Tommy Lee Jones) had never thought to fear was that this call would come when his son was home in the U.S., on leave from service in Baghdad. Facing military indifference to the disappearance, Hank decides to take matters into his own hands and discover the truth about whats happened to his son. With the reluctant help of police detective Emily Sanders (Charlize Theron), Hank embarks on a journey that will bring him up against the closed ranks of the armed forces and the harsh realities of modern warfare.
Written and directed by Academy Award ®- winner Paul Haggis and starring three Academy Award ®-winning actors Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron and Susan Sarandon alongside James Franco, Josh Brolin and Jason Patric, In the Valley of Elah is the powerful story of one fathers search for the truth. Extras Featurette: After Iraq Featurette: Coming Home Interview With Paul Haggis Additional Scenes TRAILER
Notch up another great role for Tommy Lee Jones here, as his starring performance in the lead of In The Valley Of Elah
is a further acting performance of real merit. And this from the man who has already recently added the equally excellent No Country For Old Men
to his CV.
In The Valley Of Elah, however, is a very different beast. Its the new film from writer/director Paul Haggis, he who previously brought us Oscar-winner Crash, and Jones stars as Hank Deerfield, a man who decides to take matters into his own hands when he finds out that his son has disappeared. However, what complicates matters is that Deerfields son is a soldier on leave, and the military are proving to be little help in getting to the bottom of the mystery.
Yet theres far more to In The Valley Of Elah than that, even though its narrative is interesting and surprising. No, there are real layers of drama here, and none more obvious than those surrounding Jones character (the lead actor, incidentally, snagged a richly-deserved Oscar nomination for his work here). Hes an understated, yet brilliant, creation, and one quite wonderfully brought to life. In conjunction with Susan Sarandon as his wife, and Charlize Theron as the detective he enlists the help of, In The Valley Of Elah emerges as one of the most unfairly overlooked films of recent times, and one thats ripe for discovery on DVD. A superb piece of work. --Jon Foster