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Jim: The James Foley Story is more than just a tribute to a fallen journalist. It's a deeply moving testament to a man who dared to face the worst of humanity and somehow managed to maintain his sense of empathy in spite of it all.
We come away more aware of escalating global tragedies, and that alone validates this imperfect film.
Directed by Foley's childhood friend Brian Oakes, the doc does raise some difficult issues - albeit very tactfully.
"Jim" is a moving portrait of courage, but it is most of all a concerted effort to take back the life of James Foley.
The many interviews in particular -- with Foley's family in New Hampshire, with men who were imprisoned with him in Syria, with friends, with fellow journalists also drawn to the war zones -- are remarkable for their intimacy and clarity.
Leaving an impression of government inaction and glossing over a botched special ops rescue mission that has since been declassified.
[Jim] tries not to dwell on the end, insisting instead that we get to know its tragic subject.
Jim convinces us of its title subject's simple, resolute heroism.
A deeply personal film that's often moving, Jim: The James Foley Story is a documentary that nonetheless falls short of greatness by virtue of the blind loyalty it demonstrates towards its subject.
It's impassioned and moving, but unpolished and even clumsy, particularly in the use of music.
There is grief and bafflement at the heart of this affecting documentary, reflecting on the life of journalist James Foley,
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