Saturday, June 30, 2007

A Mighty Heart (***)

Angelina Jolie gives a great performance in this earnest, intense, and well-intentioned Oscar-bait of a film. It's remniscent of United 93 in its immediacy and impact, though I found it oddly cold and procedural at times when it should be dramatic and emotionally gripping. That being said, this is high quality filmmaking from director Michael Winterbottom, using handheld camera techniques quite effectively. Dan Futterman is also quite good as Daniel Pearl, though we don't get to see as much of him as we may like. Worth catching on DVD if you're not up for getting depressed in a theater on a warm summer day.


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