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An interesting movie depicting how next of kin are informed of their loved ones death in the military. A little long at times but Woody brings some good comedic relief. Not a great movie, but OK.
A film I found difficult to watch about the men who make first contact with the families of fallen soldiers. I was initially confused by the absence of an ending, but it's not really over, is it?
Very unpleasant job, but someone will have to do it. Sorrow, anger, sadness and somehow new beginning.
Good job by the exbartender from Cheers. Thought the love angle was somewhat out of place for the sargent but I can see the job they had would be extremely difficult and how emotions can be stretched esp for such an illegitimate war as Iraq
Very well done documentary movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. A++ DVD
Felt like an accurate portrayal of what has to be an extremely difficult job. Good acting.
some jobs are tougher than they seem.messenger is one among them.but i think there are unnecessary inappropriate scenes.
Awesome acting, cute theme, brilliant...
over all that, i can say i actually enjoyed this movie!
Very raw film about the Office of Notification in the US Army.
Thoroughly enjoyed this film . It showed the human face behind the Army mask. The sideline love story just made my heart melt.....
Great acting by Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson. Some of the supporting cast are also standouts, including Samantha Morton and Steve Buscemi. Some of the scenes are very raw, and might be difficult to view if you've lost a loved one recently, This is certainly not a feel-good movie, but one that will leave you thinking.
Must See – The Messenger (2009) 113 min. Great performances by Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson propel this engaging story about army personnel assigned to inform family members of the death of their on/daughter/husband/wife in the line of duty. The character study of the various individuals – some cold and hard; others empathetic and warm makes for a well-produced film. Keep your focus specifically on Harrelson who slowly allows the environment to chip away at his hard exterior. Just a word of warning, the acting is incredibly realistic and some scenes of sorrow exhibited by the grieving family members will hit home. The film was nominated for supporting acting (Woody Harrelson) and original screenplay
Perhaps the best recent dramatization of the personal lives of modern American combat veterans & their families. Strong, humane performances by Ben Foster & Woody Harrelson are ably supported by Samatha Morton.
Woody does Woody and the story is certainly relevant today, but in the end it all seems pointless. There is no direction, plot, or action that actually says anything to the viewer.
Great acting by both Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson. This movie does a good job of illustrating how incredibly difficult this job would be, especially after returning from duty.
This is Woody Harrelson's most powerful and emotional performance thus far!