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In The Valley Of Elah Movie Review Summary

Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron

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A father looks for the murderer of his military son. Hank is an ex-military police investigator whose soldier son who just came back from the MIddle East is now missing. He heads his own investigation. When his son's burned body is found on semi-military property, the case is assigned to Detective Emily Sanders. Their investigation seems to go nowhere since the military is not being cooperative with either of them. Hank is led to believe that his son might have been a victim of a drug deal gone wrong, but when he violently interrogates a suspect, he is still left without answers. As he asks more military guys who knew his son about what they know, he is suspicious since their answers do not add up. He also learns that his son experienced post-traumatic stress disorder from his tour, and he also beat up prisoners abroad. Finally, Hank learns the truth, that on a night out with friends, he simply got into a squabble with them, and they decided to kill him since all of them were obviously a product of the atrocities of war.
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Best part of story, including ending: It's a harsh reality about soldiers who come home that we should know about.

Best scene in story: When Hank realizes that it is all his fault that his son is the way he is. That he is a product of military life and he wasn't there to support him emotionally.

Opinion about the main character: Hank is given a rude awakening when he learns what his son had to live through.

The review of this Movie prepared by Tina Medina a Level 30 Banded Kingfisher scholar

Script Analysis of In The Valley Of Elah

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Time/Era of Movie:    -   present 2000+ Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   catching/stopping killer Criminal enemy is...    -   corrupt military

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southwest Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gory visuals of deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt Unusual forms of death    -   flamed Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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