Paul Haggis is the award-winning filmmaker who, in 2006, became the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back – Million Dollar Baby (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, and Crash (2004/I) which he himself directed. For Crash (2004/I), he won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The film also received an additional four nominations including one for Haggis’ direction. Crash (2004/I) reaped numerous awards during its year of release from associations such as the IFP Spirit Awards, the Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA.
In 2006, Haggis’ screenplays included the duo Clint Eastwood productions Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), the latter earning him his third screenplay Oscar nomination. He also helped pen Casino Royale (2006), which garnered considerable acclaim for reinvigorating the James Bond spy franchise.
In 2007, Haggis wrote, directed and produced In the Valley of Elah (2007) for Warner Independent… read more
With this film and "Crash," Paul Haggis shows he is an artist with a deep interest in the complexities of human nature. This film uses a murder simply as a premise to explore yet another human interest story. Tommy Lee Jones as the father gives a deeply involving performance. It does not have a simple stance against the war, but regards it with tragedy and unresolved human emotions.
First off, I must say that I was very much disappointed by the movie. Although the Oscar do not mean as much as they used to quality-wise, I did not expect a movie like this to be nominated. The worst… read review