"Haggis directorial effort has some form following 'Crash'
and writing'Million Dollar Baby' and'Flags of Our Fathers'.He has come at the Iraq war obliquely and done with it what 'Redacted','Lions for Lambs' and
'Battle for Haditha' aspired to do.He has used his son's
mobile phone to unlock and decode the real weight
of a dehumanising war. The scrambled images are
like hieroglyphs speaking a secret unmediated message
of the war turning America's children into monsters.This
shorthand is clever as it cuts out the need to set the
whole film in Iraq.The real drama is with the craggy,
stonelike features of a great screen actor's face.No need
for piles of dialogue or words of explanation,just let
the impassive features register emotion with a glance
of anger or sadness.Also the symbolism,David versus
Goliath is not too loud for the themes that are being covered.Every look and word carries meaning in this
procedural thriller.Charlize Theron's acting is in the
Erin Brokovitch mould of single mother trying to overcome institutional gender prejudice.She is the only actress worthy of being Tommy Lee Jones's foil.
However though all the military police and police parts are full of amazing little cameos,Lee Jones carries the movie.He is at his peak what with No Country and his
own 3Burials films he is the Gene Hackman of his generation for securing superb roles.The only
criticism I have is for the anti-climactic ending which I
think stops the film short of being great.Wish more films
like this were being made."