Warner Independent Pictures
'In the Valley of Elah'
Though audiences stayed away from Paul Haggis drama last fall, its well worth a look, especially for Tommy Lee Jones Oscar-nominated best actor performance as the father of a young soldier who is killed soon after he returns from a tour of duty in Iraq. Jones Hank Deerfield is a no-nonsense Vietnam vet now hauling gravel for a living who gets a call that his young son is AWOL from his squad at a fort some two-days drive away. When Hank arrives at Ft. Rudd, he begins to investigate his sons disappearance. Going through his sons belongings, he comes across his boys cellphone, which is filled with glimpses of war and what his son and the members of his patrol did in Iraq.
After his son is found brutally slain, he teams up with a young police detective (Charlize Theron) to find out what happened. Then the evidence starts piling up against his sons buddies.