good evening! oh what a long day – i just got home a little while ago from a screening of the new paul haggis film in the valley of elah (opening in theaters sept 14th) which is the follow-up to his oscar winning film crash (which i was not a fan of at all) the film centers around a father’s search for his solider son who returns from iraq but goes missing under mysterious circumstances right after coming back to the states – i think it’s one of the first fictional films to deal with the issues surrounding the war over there yet it’s loosely based on & inspired by true events – i really do want to find out a little bit more about the story that led to the film…
overall i thought it was excellent with strong performances from tommy lee jones, charlize theron, and susan sarandon – it’s quite intense and really made me think about what’s going on over there (i get so wrapped up in these silly hollywood dramas way too much) the film definitely makes a statement on war without getting all political – i don’t want to go too much into it now – this weekend i’ll be covering the press junket and then i’ll be doing a more lengthy post once i have a little time to process my thoughts and perhaps ask some questions at the junket! i’ve posted the trailer below – it’s certainly not going to be a huge hit at the box office – it’s not really a friday night date movie but i think it’s an important film and was very well done and will most likely garner some critical acclaim – kudos to everyone involved! (plus there’s an amazing new annie lennox track used in the film) popbytes over & out for tonight – thank heavens tomorrow is friday – xxoo!
August 23, 2007