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Film: In The Valley Of Elah

In The Valley Of Elah is a 2007 drama written and directed by Paul Haggis and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, and Susan Sarandon. The film follows Hank Deerfield (Jones), a former MP whose son goes AWOL shorty after his company returns from Iraq. Knowing how much stress his son was under, Hank decides to drive to the base and try to find his son himself. Not long afterwards, however, he discovers his son has been murdered, and finds himself working with a local police officer (Theron) to investigate.

Despite strong reviews and an Academy Award nomination for Tommy Lee Jones, the film was a financial disappointment, due mostly to the fact that, at the time, films about The War on Terror were still considered to be an Audience-Alienating Premise. Also notable is the incredibly controversial final shot of the film, which is arguably more infamous than the film itself.

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