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The Messenger - Movie Synopsis & Plot

In his most powerful performance to date, Ben Foster stars as Will Montgomery, a U.S. Army officer who has just returned home from a tour in Iraq and is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Partnered with fellow officer Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson) to bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers, Will faces the challenge of completing his mission while seeking to find comfort and healing back on the home front. When he finds himself drawn to Olivia (Samantha Morton), to whom he has just delivered the news of her husband's death, Will’s emotional detachment begins to dissolve and the film reveals itself as a surprising, humorous, moving and very human portrait of grief, friendship and survival.

Featuring tour-de-force performances from Foster, Harrelson and Morton, and a brilliant directorial debut by Oren Moverman, THE MESSENGER brings us into the inner lives of these outwardly steely heroes to reveal their fragility with compassion and dignity.

MOVIE REVIEW

2009 may finally be the year of the Iraq war. In Hollywood, that is. Filmmakers have been trying to pull off dramas about Bush's war for years now, but only this year - first with The Hurt Locker - did one truly succeed. Jump ahead a couple of months and we have another contender for best movie of the year: The Messenger.
Read our Messenger, The movie review »
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