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A Mighty Heart

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Peter Mountain

A Mighty Heart

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
108 minutes
Wide Release Date:
06/22/07
performer:
Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Irfan Khan
director:
Michael Winterbottom
distributor:
Paramount Vantage
author:
70494, 8392
genre:
War, Drama

We gave it a B-

The 2002 kidnapping and execution of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl shocked the world. Michael Winterbottom’s dramatization, A Mighty Heart, mercifully averts our eyes from Pearl’s grisly fate, but the decision to emphasize Pearl’s pregnant wife Mariane’s stoic vigil proves overly cautious. EXTRAS Heart could have benefited from the simmering tensions between Mariane and WSJ staff described in a making-of. Instead, the underwritten supporting cast seems resigned to reflect on Angelina Jolie’s performance, which she calls ”the most important thing I’ve done on film.” B-

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