A Mighty Heart has the surface tension of a first-rate docudrama but neither the passion nor the vision to encompass its powerhouse subject, the kidnapping and execution of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
This Karachi, Pakistan-set drama begins to unfold after Sept. 11 and ends in early 2002. You can guess why the producers asked Michael Winterbottom to direct it. This versatile, dizzyingly erratic British filmmaker brought a riptide realism to In This World (2003), his potent, topical tragedy about the plight of Afghan refugees.
A Mighty Heart (Paramount Vantage) Starring Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Irrfan Khan, Will Patton. Directed by Michael Winterbottom. Rated R. Time 103 minutes.