The Messenger

The Messenger ★★★½

Samantha Morton is a helluva actress. Every role she just seems so natural, at ease with who she is that time. Shows remarkable range- of empathy, of perceptiveness, and experience. Marry that to Woody Harrelson at the top of his game and as good a performance as I can recall from Foster and you have the makings of a strong film from the standpoint of your key lineup of players.
The Messenger also has a winning, authentic screenplay and fine work behind the camera from director Moverman. Heavy stuff handled with taste, maturity, guttural reality and subtlety. 3.8 stars