After collecting his medals and recovering from his wounds, Iraq veteran Will Montgomery returns to civilian life. But when he’s assigned to the Casualty Notification Team, emotions and memories he’s tried to suppress begin to surface.
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A heartbreaking and beautifully performed anti-war film that's more effective than most of its ilk without ever stepping onto the battlefield -- and that's a feat. How this has fallen off the radar I have no idea. It's one of the finest character studies I've ever seen.
Brillante manejo del duelo y las reacciones emocionales de familiares (fueron realmente autenticas).
Explota un tema diferente sobre la guerra.
Ben Foster es el standout de la cinta.
El guion a veces es medio predecible.
As good as an American film will ever get at examining the home-front human toll of the two wars that have been ravaging for over a decade now. It's incredibly affecting and thought-provoking without being preachy or trying to convey a "message" about the war. It's simply about a bunch of people that have been broken by it in different ways. Enough to feel very very very empathetic.
Without firing a single bullet or be shown horrific scenes of the battlefield, The Messenger shows the pain that comes with war through the eyes of those that stay behind... Credit to the cast that deliver a subtle but yet emotionally rich performances.
The US military personnel in the 'Casualty Notification Units' are dedicated & trained professionals with stable personality. Stone & Montgomery are just the opposite. With regard to this these two characters are completely implausible. However, the movie perfectly visualises the pain, the fear & the wounded soul of humans somehow connected to the nightmare of war. Great acting performances.
This film somehow proves the fact that the script is not as important as the storytelling. The theme could be.. anything, it's the way of telling a story, the essence of film, that gives the impact more than anything else. In fact I believe that the thoughts and associations you have while watching is the soul of the film. And they might appear far from the actual plot.