Friday, February 1, 2008

Pearl: A Mighty Heart

This Michael Winterbottom take on the kidnapping of Daniel Pearl lacks a personal edge. Angelina Jolie plays Daniel's wife and here her performance is overrated. The only things she does are talking on various phones, walking around, and screaming. Her take on Pearl's spouse is not very good. The viewer only sees Daniel Pearl through flashbacks: big mistake. He is an interesting character. The movie needs more interest. Anyways, the movie is a tight-knit semi-thriller, semi-docudrama thing that is sometimes extremely complicated. It is basically a chase that is for the most part boring and baiting. This movie has major problems. You care about Pearl himself, but his wife is so distant she can't get dialed into, except for the baby factor. Winterbottom has just turned good material into a flawed, weird movie with people on cell phones and computers too much. It is too anxious. Period, paragraph, page. C+

A Mighty Heart is pretty disturbing, as it centers around a kidnapping. Viewers should take notice.

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