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June 22, 2017
based on the heartbreaking true story of Danny Pearle and his wife Marianne
after 9/11 they were married and expecting a child; Danny worked as a journalist and his wife was working with French contacts
they go to Pakistan to uncover the truth about the current state of tensions escalating between them and the US but Danny is missing and his wife figures out he has been kidnapped and held hostage by terrorists
she sets out to find him non-stop
no one deserves to be separated from their loved ones in a hostile, politically corrupt nation but Angelina Jolie gives a firehouse of a performance
it's so gutwrenching that you might be in tears by the end
this is how far one person is willing to go to ask as many people as possible while also combating the bureaucratic individuals
it makes sense too given that the US doesn't fully understand the Middle East and their views on the status of the world
it's a bit long and the ending is a downer but it speaks to us that we all have to connect through our words, our reasoning, and our compassion
responding with threats, violence, and terror are not the way
Jolie's performance is golden
½ December 27, 2016
A compelling political drama displaying with strong performance from Angelina Jolie.
½ April 19, 2016
Confusing presentation of the story. Subtitles too small for the small screen. Acting is good, but could have been better in scripting, and much of the film is so dark, that it is hard to make out what is going on.
June 10, 2015
Finally MADE myself watch this movie. Jolie delivers as always but the whole incident just makes me uncomfortable. Felt lacking in a way.
½ April 27, 2015
Angelina Jolie and Archie Punjabi... why else wouldnt I watch it.... Angelina does well for acting out a Africaan accent. But thats it in this wishy washy directed film.
½ April 10, 2015
Sad true story but style over substance
January 26, 2015
Angelina Jolie theme day, film number 2. If nothing else, this film made sure that I will not be interested in visiting Karachi. The chaos and amount of people is just too much for me, not to mention the various risk factors. A horrible destiny for a person. Not acceptable, never.
½ December 31, 2014
It's a well-intentioned film, but the very clinical, process-oriented approach to the story just didn't grab me. I think Jolie was maybe not the right choice of actors to center this film on. The filmmaking is solid from a technical perspective. I just wished their was some passion present.
December 27, 2014
Said to feature some of Angelina Jolie's best work, A Mighty Heart sounded like a hopeful chance for the extremely overrated actress.

The main thing about A Mighty Heart is both its greatest aspect and its downfall: the realism in the events. Michael Winterbottom approaches the material in A Mighty Heart so directly that both the visual style of the feature and its sense of drama come off as being very realistic. It feels as if A Mighty Heart is attempting to be a direct recollection of the events surrounding the kidnapping of Daniel Pearl. There is no Hollywood dramatisation, no glim lighting, it all feels real. This is impressive because it shows Michael Winterbottom in a good light as director due to his dedication to handling the material in a natural format. The cinematography in A Mighty Heart is effective. It has the distinctive feel of a documentary type filming which encourages this exact kind of notion, and the general atmosphere of the film is tense because of all the unknown issues happening all around which reflect the situation that Mariane Pearl is facing with her missing husband. Michael Winterbottom does a strong job encouraging the realism in A Mighty Heart and it comes off as effective because it is so raw and respectful to the source material. But from an entertainment perspective, this is also a flaw. A Mighty Heart limits how much of the story it tells to following Mariane Pearl and in the process neglects the context of the tale and presumes that viewers will understand what issues Afghanistanian society faces. It is all about the little details and the characters, and while it is good at that, it limits the creativity of the storytelling in the film. A Mighty Heart is so direct with its subject that it is perhaps a little too direct. A Mighty Heart does tell the story of its events fairly well, but as a film there is so much more that it can do which it neglects in favour of simply telling its story. There are many themes that could have been covered or story elements that maintained potential, but Michael Winterbottom relied more on the simplicity of the story than its more complex potential. In short, A Mighty Heart ends up being so realistic that it limits itself solely to recalling the events of the story without dramatizing them much at all. There are moments of tense atmosphere thanks to the general subject matter and the light touch of the musical score, but the film is not always the most interesting due to the fact that it takes a less conventional path in which it sacrifices the good aspects of occasional dramatization. The atmosphere in A Mighty Heart may be consistent, but the general sense of entertainment is not which means the overall style of A Mighty Heart is hit and miss. I can admit that as a whole it lays down a more positive effect on the film than negative, but there are moments where I found myself zoning out due to the slow pace of the film and the inconsistent presence of much strong drama. There were virtues that were consistent in A Mighty Heart, but the general sense of entertainment that comes from it is not one of them. Still, the striking realism in the film is what makes it really effective.
Like I said before, the cinematography in A Mighty Heart captures everything well. It encourages the realism in the film through a documentary style, and what it captures is all very grim without being tainted by commercial lighting. It is somewhat shaky at times, but not to the extent that it causes the visual experience of the film to falter at all. It just adds to the atmosphere because it encourages viewers to feel that they are getting the events up close and personal as if they are actually happening right in front of the eyes of viewers. Everything is captured to look as gritty and grim as the scenery of the film which all adds up in the end because it all contributes atmosphere to the feature in one way or another, making the film effective from a visual perspective as well as from an emotional standpoint.
And to encourage the realism even further, Angelina Jolie delivers the most brilliant performance of her career up until that point in time.
To be blunt, Angelina Jolie's performance as Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart is her second greatest to date, following Changeling. A Mighty Heart presents the first time that I have seen Angelina Jolie placed into an everyman type role and act it out so incredibly well. Angelina Jolie gets the role of Mariane Peral excellently with strong voice articulation and subtlty. Unlike when Angelina Jolie took on the role of Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, he accent in A Mighty Heart feels seriously genuine. It seems realistic and so her connection to channeling the character does as well. She captures the emotional trauma of the part through restrained acting and genuine subtlety. Angelina Jolie strips away all her Hollywood glamourization for the simple nature of her role in A Mighty Heart, and it does prove that she is in fact a talented actress when all the hype around her is dropped and all that is left for her to do is act. Her performance is gripping and painfull realistic, so much so that I gain a lot of respect for her by watching A Mighty Heart. Her leading performance was a revelation, a change of pace for the overly glamourised woman always at the center of the media which really puts into perspective the natural gifts she has as a performer.

So while the story is not always that interesting, the utmost realistic nature of the events depicted in A Mighty Heart makes everything all the more effective, and the leading performance of Angelina Jolie is absolutely brilliant beyond expectation.
½ December 26, 2014
That sense of one small, private world shattering within the larger and even more unstable one around it is the essence of Michael Winterbottom's unmooring, bleakly beautiful film version of A Mighty Heart.
½ December 23, 2014
A Mighty Heart is a great movie that shows that talents of Angelina Jolie. The plot of it has been done before, but it still keeps you interested to see what's going to happen. I like how it doesn't show what the husband is going through, making the viewers guess as much as the main characters. It's unpredictable, it does make the viewers care for the main character and just wanted her husband to come back as well. It doesn't talk or show it negatively towards Pakistan as they are in the same situation the Americans are. The acting is great, especially from Angelina Jolie, and never seem to be oscar bait as A Mighty Heart as it has a good plot to support it.
November 28, 2014
A Mighty Heart tries really hard to be a driven and powerful movie, however, Jolie's fluctuating and unbelievable accent, as well as poor acting, is a great distraction to the enjoyment of what's left of the film to enjoy. There seems little to be liked. The camera seems to move at a faster pace than the movie, and the actors seem to mumble most of their dialogue. It's a captivating plot that holds merit into today's day, however, the execution was poor. A Mighty Heart was barely worth the time.
Super Reviewer
½ July 28, 2014
Honestly, what really stands head and shoulders above an otherwise still very well written and made film is Angelina Jolie's terrific performance as Mariane Pearl. Claustrophobic, tragic and moving, A Mighty Heart is a great film made excellent by Jolie's presence. Gripping & involving and very much closely following the real events.
½ July 19, 2014
The movie lives up to the title. Terrific performances, especially Angelina, and a very sad story, that the civilized world will never forget.
June 1, 2014
not exactly a pick me up film... yet brilliantly done. captivating and heart wrenching
May 28, 2014
ms jolie you are amazing
May 26, 2014
Moving and important
April 10, 2014
wow ummmmn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is such a really sad movie 2 watch......its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie.......i think that angelina jolie, dan futterman, irfan khan, denis o hare, archie panjabi, play good roles/parts throughout this movie......i think that the director of this drama movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie......i think that this is such a really well directed/written/acted movie 2 watch.......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie.......i think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch it is a really sad movie 2 watch.......i think that angelina jolie was brilliant throughout this movie as Mariane Pearl, i think that Dan Futterman as Daniel Pearl was great throughout this movie......i think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch...... i think that this is such a really sad movie 2 watch as it is a real life story movie 2 watch it is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch its such a sad movie 2 watch.......i think that the cameos thorughout this movie Pervez Musharraf as himself President of Pakistan archival footage
Colin Powell as himself United States Secretary of State archival footage were good throughout this movie.......i think that this is such a really sad movie 2 watch......i think that this is such an amazingly brilliant movie 2 watch it is a really sad movie 2 watch its such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch it is such a really sad tear-jerking movie 2 watch it is such a really sad movie 2 watch but its such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch with a great cast throughout this movie its such a really tear-jerking movie 2 watch its such a really sad movie 2 watch but it is such a brilliant movie 2 watch with a great cast throughout this movie.......
April 7, 2014
Is it Mariane Pearl or Jolie ?
Utmost effort made by the director/screen writer to fit it in to actual events. No one can deny that. Chaotic events filmed in Pakistan epitomized this truth.
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