Reviewed by: Maggie Hays
|Featuring:||Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Archie Panjabi, Sajid Hasan, Aly Khan, Irfan Khan, Denis O'Hare, Will Patton|
|Director:||Michael Winterbottom (“Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story,” “Code 46”)|
|Producer:||Andrew Eaton, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner|
“It was an event that shocked the world. This is the story you haven’t heard.”
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “On January 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.”
I believe you will be affected by this film, which has a “docudrama feel” to it. This is the true story of the kidnapping and murder of Daniel Pearl, American journalist in Pakistan after 9/11. His widow, Mariane (also a journalist), wrote her memoirs of the event and is convincingly played by Angelina Jolie. Even though we all know how things turn out, the movie is gripping early on and moves quickly.
Here is the “bad news” from a Christian perspective:
Here is what I, coming from a Christian world-view, especially found frustrating (or sad) about this whole story, although it is, of course, based on fact:
My humble predictions for this compelling film:
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Mild
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.