A Mighty Heart

A Mighty Heart

Michael Winterbottom (2007)

15 Certificate


Our Score
In 2002, Daniel Pearl, an American Wall Street Journal reporter in Karachi, was kidnapped by Pakistani jihadists. Throughout Pearl's captivity, his heavily pregnant wife Mariane (played here by Angelina Jolie) made eloquent appeals for his release. British director Michael Winterbottom captures the realities of the story with grim precision, staccato editing and handheld cameras, propelling us into the chaotic whirlwind around Mariane, as competing authorities attempt to negotiate her husband's release. On one level it plays as a tense, beat-the-clock thriller; except some already know the ending. On another level it's rather simplistic reportage that retreads real life, while adding little more than the presence of a Hollywood star. Winterbottom brings his customary intelligence to bear on the subject, avoiding cheap sensationalism to create a film that is undeniably moving. But its overall effect depends on how distracted one is by Jolie: her performance is technically impressive, but it may prove difficult to divorce from her celebrity persona.


Drama based on journalist Mariane Pearl's account of her husband Daniel's kidnapping and murder by a militant group. Mariane was pregnant when she travelled with him to Pakistan. When he disappeared without trace, the frantic search for him turned into a media frenzy. Starring Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman and Archie Panjabi.

Cast & Crew

Mariane Pearl Angelina Jolie
Daniel Pearl Dan Futterman
Asra Nomani Archie Panjabi
Javed Nabib Irfan Khan
John Bussey Denis O'Hare
Randall Bennett Will Patton
Steve LeVine Gary Wilmes
Shabir Mohammad Afzal
Director Michael Winterbottom
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Sep 2007