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The Messenger

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Grim, intense war-themed drama is ultimately rewarding.

Movie R 2009 105 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

A mild content!

PG-13: sex, some nude and pervasive strong language

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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The tough, grim subject matter of THE MESSENGER certainly won't appeal to everyone, but the brave few who take it on will find themselves rewarded by intelligent, graceful, and touching filmmaking. Screenwriter Oren Moverman (I'm Not There) makes his directorial debut with quiet observance, focusing on genuine characters and emotions filled with shades of gray and getting a round of superb performances in the process.

Refreshingly, there's no sense of preaching or condescending, as in many Iraq War movies. After The Hurt Locker, The Messenger is one of the best and most useful looks at human feelings in a wartime atmosphere; it even makes attempts to look forward to a potentially better future, rather than dwelling on the horrors of the present. The movie's realism also includes some intense, unsettling behavior, as would be expected from jaded soldiers, and only older teenagers and parents should apply.

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