In his most powerful performance to date, Ben Foster stars as Will Montgomery, a U.S. Army officer who has just returned home from a tour in Iraq and is assigned to the Army's Casualty Notification service. Partnered with fellow officer Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson) to bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers, Will faces the challenge of completing his mission while seeking to find comfort and healing back on the home front. When he finds himself drawn to Olivia (Samantha Morton), to whom he has just delivered the news of her husband's death, Will's emotional detachment begins to dissolve and the film reveals itself as a surprising, humorous, moving and very human portrait of grief, friendship and survival.

Featuring tour-de-force performances from Foster, Harrelson and Morton, and a brilliant directorial debut by Oren Moverman, The Messenger brings us into the inner lives of these outwardly steely heroes to reveal their fragility with compassion and dignity.

Duration
2 min 19 sec

Views
264,940

Posted On
October 06, 2009
Director
Oren Moverman

Writer
Oren Moverman

Studio
Oscilloscope Pictures

Release
November 13, 2009
Cast
Ben Foster
Woody Harrelson
Samantha Morton
Jena Malone
Eamonn Walker
Trailer Tracks
"Amazing Grace"
Willie Nelson

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