Sunday, June 20, 2010
DVD Review: The Messenger
Overall, the movie is really good. It has the indie vibe of not needing to tell you everything about everything, and a very limited score, with most things routed in reality. Also, the requisite graphic sex scene shocks you right at the beginning but then the rest of the movie is tame in comparison. The writing and dialogue are terrific, and fairly expertly delivered. Foster is slowly moving up the ranks (in a similar fashion to Ryan Gosling, whom I love) and will be headlining huge movies someday. Harrelson is carving out a terrific career in supporting characters that might sustain his career well. Samantha Morton also plays the grieving widow who never really wanted anything to do with the military so is having conflicting emotions all over the place (grief her husband is gone, relief that she has a life of her own now, and new feelings for Foster). She's scattered, but believable.
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