#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – While on a recent deployment to Iraq, US Army Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery is injured when an improvised explosive device goes off within close proximity to him. He is back in the States recovering from the more serious of those injuries, including one to his eye and leg. He has resumed a sexual relationship with his long time girlfriend Kelly, despite the fact that she is now engaged to another man who Will knows. With the few months Will has left in his enlistment, the army assigns him to the Casualty Notification Team in his area. Not having a background in counseling, psychology or grief management, he is unsure if he is well suited to this job. He is partnered with a career soldier, Captain Tony Stone, who teaches Will the precise protocol involved in the job. Tony tells Will, who quickly learns by on the job experience, that this job has its own dangers. As Will learns to adapt to the range of emotions of the next of kin, he is unprepared for the reaction of Olivia Pitterson, whose husband was killed in Iraq. His initial encounter with Olivia leads to him wanting to get to know her better, which may not be in either her or his best interest. Despite being a recovering alcoholic, the more experienced Tony tries to guide Will as best he can under their collective circumstances.
Plot: Will Montgomery, a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant who has returned home from Iraq, is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Montgomery is partnered with Captain Tony Stone, to give notice to the families of fallen soldiers. The Sergeant is drawn to Olivia Pitterson, to whom he has delivered news of her husband’s death.
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Powerful with fantastic performances
The Messenger is being overshadowed by other war films like The Hurt Locker, yet it is different and a great film. It has a very slow pace, but it has some incredibly powerful scenes and some amazing acting. Woody Harrelson is getting Oscar buzz for his performance, and he does deserve it. He has had a great year, with this and Zombieland. As great as he was, though, Ben Foster is just as great. Samantha Morton is probably better than both because she possesses a subtle and powerful gesture that only she has. I have only seen her in one other film, Synecdoche, New York, and she plays completely different types of personalities in both. Here, she is very quiet, but she is able to portray the reason why Foster’s character is intrigued by her. The job that Stone and Montgomery (Foster and Harrelson) have is very difficult to do, and this is the first film to portray a job like that that I have seen. The director and writer did a great job. One of the flaws is that by the ending the film has no real directional focus, and this is a flaw in the screenplay. However, still a great film that should be seen not just for Harrelson but for the entire cast. Don’t let the subject matter turn you away
To quote George Clooney, “you can’t make a great movie from a crappy script”
I thought this an incredibly clumsy film where the two main characters didn’t really seem to be part of any military organization, completely on their own when not doing their notification duty.
The actual”notifications” seemed equally clumsy as if the director and screen writer hadn’t bothered to determine the actual procedure (from a website):
“I’ve been trained to do Casualty Assistance and Notification duties … When the casualty affairs office receives notice of a death, they wait on positive identification, then they look at the soldier’s records to find out who to notify. While this is going on, the Casualty Notification Officer (CNO) is informed that there was a death, and has to don the proper uniform (Class A) and go to the Casualty Affairs office for a briefing. Part of the briefing is to receive a statement containing the proper words to use to tell the primary next of kin (PNOK)…”
Incredible that these two misfits would be entrusted with such a sensitive assignment and in the case of the Sargent, with no training whatsoever. There was no briefing re the KIA, just a beeper. And instead of a customized message, it was the same canned speech in every case.
The bonding of the officer and EM seems highly unusual, apparently both living off base which was never referred to.The Iraq veteran’s health status was introduced but never resolved and the pair in fatigues crashing and being accepted/included in the Iraq vet’s ex-girlfriend’s engagement party seemed especially forced and unreal.
So, I go to IMDb and check the external reviews where every reviewer seems to have abandoned their critical faculties. Without exception, all are heaping high praise on it, I’m guessing eager to laud this “tribute” to the fallen and their families. I thought it was a very poor telling of a potentially great story.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 53 min (113 min), 1 hr 45 min (105 min) (Berlin International) (Germany)
Genre Drama, Romance, War
Director Oren Moverman
Writer Alessandro Camon, Oren Moverman
Actors Ben Foster, Samantha Morton, Woody Harrelson
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. 17 wins & 46 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Cooke S4 and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, New York (NY), USA (digital intermediate), Mega Playground, New York (NY), USA (digital print dailies)
Film Length 3,114 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm (Fuji Eterna 500T 8573, Reala 500D 8592)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)