Aviron Pictures | Release Date: November 2, 2018
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ProteusNov 18, 2018
This movie reminded my of the opening statement of the Hurt Locker - "War is a drug". It is and Marie Colvin was addicted. You watch her make bad choice after bad choice and shake your head. Extreme sport enthusiasts will recognize the typeThis movie reminded my of the opening statement of the Hurt Locker - "War is a drug". It is and Marie Colvin was addicted. You watch her make bad choice after bad choice and shake your head. Extreme sport enthusiasts will recognize the type right away...addicted to the rush but cannot step back and assess the risk. So they push until they die.

There is not much more here to see. Just a woman bent on self destruction and justifying it by telling herself that her work matters, and the folks in safe in cities giving her accolades who reap the benefits.
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NightReviewsNov 18, 2018
There are names that you hear growing up while studying journalism, reagrdless of the specific area or field of journalism you decide to station yourself in. In entertainment journalism, although hardly ever really dangerous (with theThere are names that you hear growing up while studying journalism, reagrdless of the specific area or field of journalism you decide to station yourself in. In entertainment journalism, although hardly ever really dangerous (with the exception of some volatile celebrities), the truth matters almost as much as our opinion, after all, film is art; and art is as objective as, well, perhaps the most objective thing in the world. Yet, studying journalism in any field, its hard not to come across the name of Marie Colvin, one of, if not the most celebrated war correspondent in the world. A Private War is less an autobiography about an exceptional human being and a real fearless woman, and more of an account of a decade of absolute fear, anger, war, terror and true, nonfictional horror. The film follows Colvin from 2001 to 2012, following her journey from Sri Lanka, Iraq, Iran, Chechnya, Kosovo, Libya, East Timor and fatefully, Syria. While the story is basically set in warn torn countries, showcasing Colvin being shot at, exploded next to, or her constantly dodging or covering herself with her hands, the setting of war somehow doesn’t become desensitized to the audience. Instead, the setting of war becomes this harrowingly afflicted journey of truth and understanding as to why this motherless, companionless woman still willingly decided to venture into the most dangerous parts of the world, for a story.

Yet, it becomes clear that the story is far from Colvin’s objective as a journalist. Instead, Colvin was interested in one thing and one thing only, and no, its not the truth as the trailer so confidently suggests. Colvin’s obsession was always about the individual stories of people who were given first row tickets to seeing the terrorizing events taking place in and around their homes and right in their backyards, literally; their experiences. Whether it be wailing mothers mourning the deaths of their husbands, children, sisters or brothers, or men sharing their lose to Colvin, or children bleeding next to her on dried blood-soaked hospital beds, Colvin learns the truth of so many of the vicious dictators and government officials through the truths of civilians, contrasting them next to the lies of these ‘civilized’ officials of government and members of parliament.

A Private War has many contributing factors that make it a success, beginning with the strong and commanding performance by Rosamund Pike. Although I’ve never seen interviews of Colvin before watching this film and only have read about her and her stories in the past, watching YouTube videos of her and comparing her mannerism and voice to that of Pike’s is almost uncannily scary. Pike takes her raspy, smoked voice, and fills each line, scene and war with the same level of intoxicating force similar to Colvin’s approach to alcohol. While the film makes its own assumptions of Colvin’s private and personal life, including her escapades as a sexual savant, one fo the aspects of the film that I truly wished had more time was the focus and concern for Colvin’s quite apparent post traumatic stress disorder. Again, director Matthew Heinman as well as screenwriter Arash Amel collectively decided to not make the film about Colvin’s life, trials and tribulations, but more man account of the inhumanity she catapulted herself in willingly. Yet little remarks here and there about Colvin’s overall sanity and health, especially by her longtime collaborator and friend Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) claiming that ‘she has seen more war than some soldiers’, is a small yet unsatisfactory decent into the questioning concerns of Colvin’s well being.

Aside from Pike, Dornan gives a capturing performance as Conroy, elevating his acting chops and expectations, despite his renown turn as Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades series. In addition to Dornan, Tom Hollander gives a magnificent moral or immoral turn as Colvin’s editor Sean Ryan, a man who, as Colvin’s longtime friend and professional advisor, pushes her to pursue these stories, despite the inherit danger he willingly knows he puts her in, year after year. Their final confrontation is awards caliber stuff, reminiscent of colleges bickering in Boyle’s Steve Jobs film between Michael Fassbender and Jeff Daniels, a performance that gained Daniels and Fassbender acting nominations in their respective categories.

While A Private War will be hard-pressed to gain any Academy Award nominations this season, not because of the film itself or the content, but more-so due to its very heavy handed realities as well as factual depiction of war, governments and the negligence of international aid, the film may be a little too gritty and bleak for any nominations at all.
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moviemitch96Nov 16, 2018
This film follows war correspondent Marie Colvin and chronicles several years of her life as she dedicates herself to traveling to several war-torn countries in order to allow civilian voices to be heard and share their stories of fear andThis film follows war correspondent Marie Colvin and chronicles several years of her life as she dedicates herself to traveling to several war-torn countries in order to allow civilian voices to be heard and share their stories of fear and suffering during their dangerous and uncertain times. The film isn't without its poignant and harrowing moments, but it moved at a slower pace than I was hoping or expecting. However, this did also allow the difficult-to-watch imagery in several scenes to really sink in at times. Furthermore, Rosamund Pike gives a bold and fearless performance as Colvin, and certainly honors her and all that she stood for very well. Overall, the film really does take its time unfortunately and I was hoping for it to move at a slightly faster pace, not to mention that similar ground has been covered several times already in other films like this, but Pike and her solid performance is the true standout of the film and makes it slightly worthwhile.
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Brent_MarchantNov 10, 2018
Although a little weak on back story, this gripping biopic about journalist Marie Colvin's dogged determination to get out the wartime stories not otherwise being told sizzles with bold intensity, especially in its uncompromising depictionsAlthough a little weak on back story, this gripping biopic about journalist Marie Colvin's dogged determination to get out the wartime stories not otherwise being told sizzles with bold intensity, especially in its uncompromising depictions of the horrors she witnessed firsthand and the personal toll such events took on her physically and emotionally. Rosamund Pike's stellar performance as the intrepid war correspondent is certainly award-worthy, showing the many sides of a complex character who frequently straddled the line between bravery and recklessness. Be forewarned, however, that the graphic nature of this offering makes it a questionable choice for sensitive and squeamish viewers. But, for those who like their heroic tales larger than life and rooted in truth, this one is definitely for you.
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Mark_ONov 2, 2018
A PRIVATE WAR is masterful. The topic deep and difficult.. Beyond timely. The script unexpected, the directing soul searching, the cinematography haunting, the intimate cast. Highly recommend to watch it with boxxy software. Believe me, itA PRIVATE WAR is masterful. The topic deep and difficult.. Beyond timely. The script unexpected, the directing soul searching, the cinematography haunting, the intimate cast. Highly recommend to watch it with boxxy software. Believe me, it worth your time.
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