A Mighty Heart

Rated R 108 minutes 2007

Mariane Pearl's memoir about the terrorist kidnapping and murder of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, is ideal material for a suspense film, and this docudrama manages to be gripping even though the outcome is already known. Closely adapted by John Orloff, the movie functions as a police procedural, with the journalist's pregnant wife (Angelina Jolie) and a team of US and Pakistani officials struggling to navigate the Islamic underground of Karachi as they search for Pearl. But Orloff also captures the book's human drama, as Mariane tries to remain hopeful in a steadily darkening situation, and international sweep, as the rescuers are frustrated by tensions between Pakistan, India, and the West. Director Michael Winterbottom is known for his war-zone dramas (Welcome to Sarajevo, In This World), and his crisp documentary style enhances the emotionally charged story.

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Official Site: www.amightyheartmovie.com

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Writer: Laurence Coriat, Michael Winterbottom, John Orloff, Mariane Pearl and Sarah Crichton

Producer: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Andrew Eaton

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Archie Panjabi, Will Patton, Irfan Khan, Sajid Hasan, Dennis O'Hare, Alyy Khan and Adnan Siddiqui

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