In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Academy Award® nominee Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado. After being hit by a grenade in Sri Lanka, she wears a distinctive eye patch and is still as comfortable sipping martinis with London's elite as she is confronting dictators. Colvin sacrifices loving relationships, and over time, her personal life starts to unravel as the trauma she's witnessed takes its toll. Yet, her mission to show the true cost of war leads her -- along with renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) -- to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the besieged Syrian city of Homs. Based on the extraordinary life of Marie Colvin, A Private War is brought to the screen by Academy Award® nominee and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman in his pulse-pounding narrative feature debut.
The Most Powerful Weapon Is The Truth. One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.. A Private War Wiki
This is a great movie about a real woman who made a real difference in the world by giving us a look at the reality of war in places most of us will never see, and in a way that cut through the gloss and editing of standard news production and propaganda coming from various sources to confront us with the raw terror and poverty that is part of the everyday lives of people in a war zone. Marie Colvin was a very brave woman who, the movie asserts, probably had a variety of reasons for going back time and again into war zones and risking her life. The movie is well written, showing the unflattering aspects of Colvin's life as well as the more admirable. Rosamund Pike gives the performance of her career as Colvin, and the supporting cast is also excellent. The editing and cinematography are outstanding, striking the right tone of immediacy during the war scenes, while also allowing us to get a feeling for Colvin's life at home. The world is a better place for Marie Colvin having been in it. This movie does a good job of honoring her life, and all of her work, as well as the work of all of the brave souls who risk their lives as war correspondents and photographers.
A movie so well produced and with actress being amazing real, it mesmerized me. Came away with a lesson, the lesson being I couldn’t believe what danger the reporters are in only so most of us read the headlines and move on.
Pike was excellent down to every gesture and twitch, in a movie that’s hard to watch for how soul crushing the subject matter is to us everyday mortals who can really only stand to scroll through snippets of these horrors in our twitter feeds. Excellent that Ms Colvin’s story was committed to film in all its uncomfortableness. Definitely worth watching and trying your hardest to not look away.
A PRIVATE WAR is masterful ... the topic deep and difficult ... beyond timely ... the script unexpected ... the directing soul searching ... the cinematography haunting ... Rosamund Pike as MARIE COLVIN ... heart wrenchingly bold and unforgettable... Jamie Dornan understated perfection ... Tom Holland conflicted elegance ... Stanley Tucci ... well Stanley Tucci!!! KENNETH TURAN'S LA TIMES review of this very original and complex film is spot on. A Private War is a very real experience about a very REAL person ... thank you Marie Colvin ... for your heart and for your work.
Pike has done great work before, not this time. The editing could have been better. Sometimes the film seem hastly pasted together.