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Daniel Pearl appears in the early frames of the film as he attempts to arrange to meet with a controversial figure. Most of the film's remainder is centered around the frantic attempts by Pakistani Secret Police, the FBI, French Intelligence, and Marianne to track down his captors and negotiate his safe return.
Angelina Jolie plays Marianne, wife of slain journalist Daniel Pearl. The film is based on her autobiographical book, A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband, Danny Pearl. Jolie's performance is largely good. She is caught in several technical break-down's in her futile attempts to mimic Marianne's French accent. Still, it's a good effort that will not take away for most viewers.
Director Michael Winterbottom emphasizes the chaos and uncertainty with minimal lighting and many hand-held shots. In that sense he makes the film feel like a documentary, which is no small feat. The original score is made up of tense mood music that prevents the audience from settling in. It underlines a soundtrack almost exclusively made of Indian music. A Mighty Heart (Music From The Motion Picture)
Still, the director is almost too adept at his drama and suspense.Read more ›
The story begins on the day of Daniel Pearl's disappearance when he arranged to meet with a Muslim cleric named Sheikh Gilani for an interview. After a discombobulating ride through the teeming urban jungle of Karachi, it becomes clear it was a set-up for his capture. We see the chaotic unfurling of events and the agonizing realization of a desperate situation through Mariane's eyes.Read more ›
Mariane Pearl wrote a book about her experiences while her husband Daniel Pearl was held captive by Jihadists. The book 'The Brave Life and Death of my husband, Danny Pearl' is but a piece of this film. The film is badly named to begin with, doesn't have the catch for an audience. However, the acting and history of Pakistan and the Jihads far out way any negativity.
Angelina Jolie has marked this role as her own and she has perfected it. As has been mentioned numerous times her accent and look became Mariane. But at the same time Angelina Jolie was too much for the movie. It should have been a hit. The other numerous cast were absolutely right for their roles- no gratuitous violence overshadowed the film. We all knew how it was going to end, and the telling of Danny;s murder was held with aplomb. Mariane falls apart and goes to her room to keel. However, this was too much, were we all thinking 'is this overdone', is this just right, has this gone on too long'?
The history of Pakistan and the part it played in the jihad and in Al qaeda is the mainframe of the story. What was it that attracted the Jihad to Danny Pearl, and why did they plan his kidnapping and resultant death?Read more ›
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i loveeee angelina..she is in my top 10 fav actress's ( i don't thin i even have 10 lol), the story was sad. Here is my problem..this was based on a true story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by G. Williams
a thoughtful portrayal of the terrible tragic loss of Daniel Pearl and his strong wife Marianne.Published 2 months ago by Elcee
Not one of Jolie's better performances and too much of the film was riding on her portrayal. At the beginining it would have helped if her relationsship with her husband were... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carol-lee Zuvich
Almost a documentary, very informative but doesn't really point a finger in the right direction.Published 8 months ago by Philip B Wood
Good overall content but so much like a news report a little boring at timesPublished 8 months ago by Carlton Lawson
This is a very good movie. Angelina Jolie gives a stellar performance as Maryanne PearlPublished 9 months ago by Tracy Reed
I really didn't like this movie at all for a number of reasons. The movie seemed to be centered around Angelina Jolie rather than the Individual of whom the story was about. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mike
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