Stars: ** 1/2
Rating: R for language and very adult themes
Run Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
The horror and heartbreak of Daniel Pearl’s untimely death is uneasily re-created in this jittery drama based on Mariane Pearl’s biographical novel.
Pearl was following a hot lead for an intrepid story on “shoe bomber” Richard Reid when he disappeared, absorbed into a volatile world of byzantine bureaucracy and burgeoning terrorist cells that festered on a relentless diet of suspicion and anger.
For Mariane her husband’s disappearance was every spouse’s nightmare come true, an unfolding crisis for which crack journalistic skills and depth of feeling were useless tools in the face of international catastrophe.
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Jolie is at the heart of it all; her Mariane the crux of the story and the focal point onscreen. Unfortunately hers is a presence rather than a performance, a larger-than-life manifestation that can’t help but reflect her tabloid-heavy personal life and swallow up the dramatic subtleties of which she is exceedingly capable.
players Irrfan Khan and Archie Panjabi, as a police captain and