On January 23, 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is to fly from Karachi to Dubai with his pregnant wife, Mariane, also a reporter. On the day before, with great care, he has arranged an interview in a café with an Islamic fundamentalist cleric. When Danny doesn't return, Mariane initiates a search. Pakistani police, American embassy personnel, and the FBI examine witnesses, phone records, e-mails, and hard drives. Who has him? Where is he? There's also the why: because of U.S. abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo, because of a history of Journal cooperation with the CIA, because Pearl is a Jew? Through it all, Mariane is clearheaded, direct, and determined.Written by
Initially, the film was financed by Warner Brothers. After it backed out, Paramount Vantage stepped in. See more »
There are a number of computers and gadgets shown, which were
not introduced in early 2002, i.e. HP LaseJet 1320 Printer at Asra's place, HP Color Laserjet shown at the consulate, Acer Notebook used in investigation, and the Nokia 1100 cellphone used by Captain. See more »
The day after 9-11, Danny and I flew to Pakistan. He was the South Asia Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal, and I was working for French Public Radio. Thousands of journalist from all over the world arrived in Islamabad to cover the war in neighboring Afghanistan. On the 7th October, bombing began.
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Taking away how others may view the Pearle's story and the question of whether or not the family should have been there in the first place, the story was excellent in conveying the emotions felt throughout the whole search of Daniel. Those who are opposed to the purpose of Daniel Pearle being there after 9/11 even with other journalists vacating will only enter and leave the theater wondering if Mariane is trying to give more credit to her husband then what people expect. It's important to walk into this movie with an open mind so that the story will be more real. Major kudos to the creators of this film for bringing a new view on a part of American history that seemed so easily cast aside.
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