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A Mighty Heart
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Prolific director Michael Winterbottom (24-HOUR PARTY PEOPLE) takes an unusual turn by helming A MIGHTY HEART--a studio picture starring none other than Angelina Jolie. Jolie stars as Mariane Pearl, the widow of WALL STREET JOURNAL reporter Daniel Pearl. Daniel was kidnapped and executed in Pakistan in 2002, and Winterbottom's film centers on the frantic activities leading up to his death. Fellow journalist Mariane revs into action as soon as the disappearance of her husband is announced, calling on the FBI and experts in terrorism to help in the desperate search. With the media circling around the story like hawks, Mariane endures a very public display of grief, and her plight is perfectly captured by the unlikely alliance of Winterbottom and Jolie. The film was shot mostly in Karachi and uses locations that Daniel was known to have visited, adding a heady dose of authenticity to the proceedings. Winterbottom uses shaky, hand-held cameras, which add to the feeling of chaos as multiple organizations descend on Pakistan in the quest to find Daniel; fortunately the director uses some much-needed on-screen captions to make sure viewers are up to speed on who everyone is. A MIGHTY HEART is tough, emotional viewing that will be challenging (yet rewarding) for many audiences, even those who are already familiar with this heartbreaking story.
- for horror violence, some sexual content and language
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1317601
Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Will Patton, Archie Panjabi, Irrfan Khan, Denis O'Hare
"[T]he movie strides ahead with a good sense of rhythm, rocking backward just when relief is needed..."
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "A MIGHTY HEART deserves a place alongside the best films that seek to re-create a shattering time in our recent history."
"A MIGHTY HEART is wrenching, but it's the buzzing undercurrent of anger that makes it most true to its source."
New York Times
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he film is given a raw and riveting docudrama treatment by the superb British director Michael Winterbottom."
"This is the story of a woman waiting, and dealing with the officers of two or three bureaucracies....Jolie's intelligence radiates Mariane's..."
4 stars out of 5 -- "[Winterbottom] has fashioned a grim, taut docudrama with the urgency, verisimilitude and forensic eye for detail that have become his stocks in trade."
"[A] film that handles its harrowing subject matter with honesty and acute political insight."
Sight and Sound
3 stars out of 5 -- "[S]ober and often gripping....[With] ambient cinematography and low-key ensemble-playing."
5 stars out of 5 -- "This is one of the most powerful stories about loss you're ever likely to see."
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