In Oren Moverman’s superb directorial debut, two US veterans take on the grimmest of duties: delivering news of the deceased to their next of kin.
For Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson, this operation is a sort of hereafter; Foster is a hero back from the current mire in Iraq, while Harrelson was a soldier during the first. Together, they brave reactions from relatives and loved ones that scale the emotional range. Still, a friendship comes out of the grief and, against procedure, Foster falls for the newly widowed Samantha Morton. Politics aside, The Messenger offers a sober, personal, and thoroughly compassionate portrait of what’s left after the postwar narcotic of anger passes.
Stephen Colbert shaves Woody Harrelson’s head on The Colbert Report.