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Joline is awesome but the film is a mess,
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This review is from: A Mighty Heart [DVD] (DVD)
The film tries to tell the story of Daniel Pearl, a journalist for the Wall Street Journal who gets kidnapped and murdered by extremists. Unfortunatley it fails to delivery on an emotional level. Angelina Joline is superb, probably her best role ever but unfortunately the rest of the story telling is just so weak. We are left to make certain assumptions as the film jumps around from one scene to another. One minute they're interrogating someone in jail and the next minute there's a hundred police smashing down someone's door and carting off a load of people. We assume that the detainee has cracked and given some intelligence but we don't really know. This happens continually throughout the film. There are also flashbacks but again we're not sure, we think it's part of the next scene but then it clicks it's in the past, again. Very poor direction. It's hard to get attached to any of the characters, despite Joline's performance, her character is pretty tough and speaks like a robot with a French accent. The atmosphere in the streets of Karachi is very realistic but at the end of the day the story is poorly told with a lack of emotion that ultimately spoils what could have been a very enlightening film.