RSS

The Messenger

04 Jan

In “The Messenger”, Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery (played by Ben Foster) is recently returned (due to injury) from a tour of duty in Iraq. He is posted with a unit that delivers the most unwelcome of news to families of serving men and women. He is teamed-up with higher ranked officer Tony Stone (by Woody Harrelson). They are different types of men – Stone has never seen action, he is a “strictly by the book” operator who is cold and direct in the delivery of his messages. Will is a decorated hero, who prefers a more sensitive approach to his task. 

Each man is superbly portrayed – Woody Harrelson is excellent as Tony Stone – a lonely, recovering alcoholic and Ben Foster brings a totally believable Will Montgomery to the story – he is trying to deal with his “hero” status and a broken heart after his girlfriend breaks up with him shortly after his return.

The movie is primarily about the relationship between the two men. We see several examples of message delivery – each is traumatic, difficult and very emotional. During one message delivery, Will meets Olivia Patterson (by Samantha Morton) and there is a parallel story of how Will gradually forms a bond with Olivia.

This is a good movie – an emotional roller coaster that is very well crafted and nicely delivered.

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 4, 2012 in Movies

 

Tags: , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: