A Mighty Heart

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Angelina Jolie conveys the full emotional range of a woman in a desperate situation in A Mighty Heart, an urgent yet tactful film about a difficult subject.

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On Jan. 23, 2002, Mariane Pearl's world changed forever. Her husband Daniel, South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, was researching a story on shoe bomber Richard Reid. The story drew them to Karachi where a go-between had promised access to an elusive source. As Danny left for the meeting, he told Mariane he might be late for dinner. He never returned. In the face of death, Danny's spirit of defiance and his unflinching belief in the power of journalism led Mariane to write about his disappearance, the intense effort to find him and his eventual murder in her memoir "A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl." Six months pregnant when the ordeal began, she was carrying a son that Danny hoped to name Adam. She wrote the book to introduce Adam to the father he would never meet. Transcending religion, race and nationality, Mariane's courageous desire to rise above the bitterness and hatred that continues to plague this post 9/11 world, serves as the purest expression of the joy of life she and Danny shared.

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Cast

Arif Kahn
as Marianne's Taxi Driver
Amit Dhawan
as Technical Supervisor
Alya Khan
as Kashva
Afar Zarachiwala
as Male Guest

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All Critics (195) | Top Critics (58)

  • Knowing how this harrowing story played out in real life doesn't diminish its power in the slightest.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR.org
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  • Although it is impossible to erase the spectre of Brangelina from your mind altogether while watching Jolie inhabit the role of Mariane Pearl, you can manage it for surprisingly long stretches at a time.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Jolie, dominating nearly every scene, is rather remarkable in this star vehicle, effectively conveying a convincing combination of unwavering dedication and the dire desperation of a woman who insists on remaining at the center of the search for her man.

    Oct 1, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Aside from casting Jolie, the bravest decision was to shoot largely in Karachi. The risk pays dividends with highly evocative location work that allows you almost to the smell that crowded city and feel the chaos.

    Sep 21, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • For all its kinetic energy and sweep, Michael Winterbottom's hyperactive new film is really nothing more than a very, very classy TV movie.

    Sep 21, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A breathless and compelling cinematic experience.

    Sep 21, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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