A Mighty Heart (2007)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA/United Kingdom, 2007, , .  Screenplay by , based on the book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

True-life story of Daniel and Mariane Pearl is given solid treatment by director Michael Winterbottom. The Pearls (, ) are journalists stationed in Karachi, Pakistan who have their world upended when he is kidnapped by an Islamic fundamentalist group and she, six months pregnant, is left wondering about his fate. Daniel’s colleagues from the Wall Street Journal arrive to help out and Mariane is given ample assistance from local authorities to investigate the case thoroughly, but will any of it be enough to save an American Jew being held hostage by Muslim extremists post-9/11?

Those who remember the story that made front-page news will already be clued in to its outcome, but even as such there is a lot to be gleaned from the experience. Winterbottom avoids any kind of emotional overindulgence, telling a straightforward story that benefits greatly from Jolie’s strong, completely underplayed performance.

Golden Globe Award NominationBest Actress-Drama (Angelina Jolie)

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination:  Best Actress (Angelina Jolie)


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