Messenger, The

An Iraq War veteran who just narrowly escaped death in combat struggles with his new post.

Will Montgomery has spent his fair share of time in army hospitals, and with just three months to go before returning to civilian life, he discovers that his girlfriend back home has decided to move on with her life. Crestfallen, Will discovers that his latest hope for a fresh start will be training to work for the Casualty Notification Office under the mentorship of senior officer Tony. As someone who had a close brush with death himself, Will isn’t sure that he’s the man to tell families that their own loved ones will never be coming home. Thankfully, in between his assignments, Tony offers a sympathetic ear and the two men form a bond that will ultimately help them to readjust to “normal” life. But once you’ve been in the thick of it, any true hope for a “normal” life after the military is just wishful thinking. Later, Will is drawn to the grieving widow of a fallen soldier, a development that forces him to ponder the ethical dilemma of starting a relationship with a woman in such a vulnerable position.

“An intelligent, superbly acted and moving drama that manages to say more about war and its consequences than most films set on the front line.” – Movie Talk

“Unpredictable, episodic, deeply resonant character piece.” – Time Out

“A poignant tale of redemption that counts as one of the very best films of the year.” – Cinematical

Awards and Nominations
16 Awards and 46 Nominations including
Academy Awards, USA 2010
Nominated Oscar Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Woody Harrelson
Nominated Best Writing, Original Screenplay