Review: A Mighty Heart

A Mighty Heart
6 10

Based on actual events, this story takes place in Karachi Pakistan, just after the 911 tragedy and follows a Wall Street Journal journalist named Daniel Pearl who was researching a story about the Shoe Bomber, Richard Reid. As his research deepens, Daniel goes missing. Meanwhile, his wife Mariane Pearl, also a journalist and six months pregnant, embarks on a grueling search for her husband with local and American authorities. International intrigue ensues.

This movie was good and the acting was great. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that it's one of those stories that needs to be told. That said, I’m not quite sure that it needed to be told on the big screen, necessarily. It was just missing certain qualities that would have given it better entertainment value. This was more of an "informative" political piece in that it outlined and showed the steps in recovering Daniel Pearl. At the end of it all, the filmmakers and actors really did a great job because I left feeling really empty and terrible for Mariane and her unborn child. Not that I like to have that kind of feeling when I walk out of a theater, but this is not one of those stories that is gonna make you feel all fuzzy inside.

Angelina Jolie plays Pearl’s wife Mariane. She played her character so well that I didn’t see Angelina...I just saw Mariane Pearl. Jolie brought this intense strength and courage to the character that was great to watch and I don’t care what anybody says about her accent in this movie, it was totally believable and even a little sexy!

Michael Winterbottom did an interesting job with the directing. The beginning had a great build-up as you started to feel stressed as you anticipated the big moment to come, and yet you had no idea when it would happen. Unfortunately, it started to slow down right after the capture and before you knew it, it really dragged on. Even the characters were hard to follow, but maybe that was just me. Visually, it had a Soderbergh flavor to it; some of the shots reminded me of similar ones from TRAFFIC. What I particularly liked about the film was how the Pakistan authorities’ involvement with the case was illustrated. Their relentless determination and extreme force to find this guy was a real eye-opener. The fact that their only leads were e-mail IP’s and cell phone numbers made it all that much more impressive.

Like I said though, it was an important story to tell, but I don’t think it’s one of those flicks that I could recommend that you run out and see. I don’t want to say that Hollywood should have stuck their hands into this story and made it a little more "flashy", but I'm sure the filmmakers want as many people to see this movie as possible, so maybe they could have tweaked it a little more for the big screen. Basically, this film will not interest everyone. Those of you who like political turmoil or (a bit of) a longwinded story may like this. Others, well, you know what to do.

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-- by Tim Goernert

Source: JoBlo.com



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