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Harrowing account of the life and death of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists in 2002. Based of the memoirs of Daniel's widow Mariane, played by Angelina Jolie, the film examines Pearl's reasons for being in Pakistan at the time of his abduction, and the subsequent events leading up to his tragic death.

Starring:
Denis O'Hare, Angelina Jolie
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DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Denis O'Hare, Angelina Jolie, Sajid Hasan, Archie Panjabi, Telal Saeed, Mohammed Af, Will Patton, Irrfan Khan, Arif Khan, Dan Futterman, Tipu Taheer, Amit Dhawan, Mushtaq Khan, Daud Khan, Mohammed Afzal
Director Michael Winterbottom
Genres Drama
Studio PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 28 January 2008
Main languages English
Subtitles Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, English, Norwegian
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Denis O'Hare, Angelina Jolie, Sajid Hasan, Archie Panjabi, Telal Saeed, Mohammed Af, Will Patton, Irrfan Khan, Arif Khan, Dan Futterman, Tipu Taheer, Amit Dhawan, Mushtaq Khan, Daud Khan, Mohammed Afzal
Director Michael Winterbottom
Genres Drama
Studio PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 10 August 2009
Main languages English
Subtitles Spanish, English, Portuguese, French
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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By Mr. F. E. Marioni VINE VOICE on 10 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
The story of Mariane Pearl, a journalist, whose husband Daniel Pearl also a journalist, whilst doing some research in Pakistan he was kidnapped and brutally executed, was not new to me but the way this film told the story was.

Michael Winterbottom directs events in a quasi-documentary style which makes it all the more real. Within minutes of the film opening you forget all the celebrity Angelina Jolie generates and just concentrate on her terrifically real performance as the widow in such extraordinary circumstances.

The film flicks from Mariane to the investigators and to Danny in the events preceding his death. When Danny dies it is handled in such an emotional and sensitive way. Its hard to remember another true to life story that generates the same amount of exhaustive emotional effort on the viewers part.

Brilliant performances and a harrowingly real this film should not be missed by any film fans all over.
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This long drawn out docu-drama is probably not to everyone's taste, but will satisfy those tired of Hollywood's usual fodder. It is an intriguing account of the search for journalist Daniel Pearl after his abduction in Pakistan in 2002.

Angelina Jolie gives a capable performance as Mariane Pearl as she moves from hope to despair and Irfan Khan is impressive as the police captain leading the investigation. Archie Panjabi also provides good support as an Indian journalist out of place in a hostile Pakistan. The scene where the police captain interviews Sheikh Omar (played by the excellent Aly Khan) provides a small, but important insight into the callousness of religious extremism.

Understated acting combined with natural dialogues give this film an authenticity that ultimately makes for some uncomfortable viewing. There is no political point scoring or moralising and this reinforces the senselessness of Danny Pearl's gruesome murder, which thankfully we are spared from witnessing.
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A truly perceptive insight into the suffering generated by such atrocious acts. Very well worth watching and a classic in many ways because of the accuracy of its depiction and the credibility of the characters and quality of the screenplay.
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Winterbottom's "A Mighty Heart" could very well be considered the second half of his film a year earlier, "The Road to Guantanamo" (2006). Whilst "Road" dealt with the suffering of prisoners within the US' imfamous Cuban military base, "Heart" takes place on the other side of the world, in Karachi, Pakistan, covering the real life kidnapping of US reporter Daniel Pearl by jihadi militants.

Watching "Heart" is gut wrenching from the get go. Winterbottom's cinematography is gritty, bearing a strong stylistic resembelance to his film "Welcome to Sarajevo", made a decade earlier (1997). From the opening news footage to the grainy shots of Karachi, to the naturalistic performances from the ensemble cast, the whole film feels uncomfortably real and naturalistic. A far cry from Hollywood (and, importantly, fictitious) movies such as "Proof of Life", "Heart" avoids crassness and sheen. Jerky handheld camera shots, married to some excellent location shooting, only serve to emphasise the claustrophobia that this is a true story being told.

But it is Jolie that shines. Whatever glossy trash she might have under her belt, she is a revelation here, playing Mariane Pearl (Daniel's wife) with an understated strength, resolve and dignity. When the closing scenes arive, as they inevitably must, and Jolie uncorks her emotions letting them tumble out in the privacy of her bedroom, it is nothing short of heart breaking.

As such watching "A Mighty Heart" is an intense experience. Traumatic, deeply harrowing and thoroughly grief-stricken from the outset, this film remains however essential viewing.
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Since the release of `24 hour Party People' back in 2002, Michael Winterbottom has firmly established himself as one of contemporary cinema's most interesting directors. His knack for experimenting with narrative structure and exposition have become distinguishing features of his work, with `24 Hour Party People' and 2006's `A Cock and Bull Story' each receiving great critical acclaim for their unique, innovative approach. Both of these films, however, were low budget affairs, built primarily around a cast of mostly British actors from television or other low budget releases.

For this reason, it may have come as a surprise to many when it was announced that Winterbottom would be directing Angelina Jolie in 2007's `A Mighty Heart'. The coming together of a Hollywood A lister of Jolie's stature, with the low-key, independent style of Winterbottom would surely be destined to fail. Thankfully, any doubts there may have been regarding such a pairing are immediately shattered, in what must surely be considered career bests for both Winterbottom and Jolie. Telling the tragic story of the kidnap and murder of American journalist Danny Pearl at the hand of a group of terrorists in Pakistan, `A Mighty Heart' details the investigation and ultimately unsuccessful attempts to rescue Danny from his captors.

As opposed to Winterbottom's previous work, the film's narrative structure is played out in a linear fashion, possessing a documentary style that serves to make the unfolding tragedy feel all the more real. In many ways `A Mighty Heart' treads a very thin line to absolute perfection, never once crossing over into melodrama or running into the political pitfalls that could so easily tarnish a film of its kind. An achievement clearly beyond the reach of so many post 9/11 political films.
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