Feature name: A Private War
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Tom Hollander
Directed by: Matthew Heineman
First things first. A Private War isn’t an easy watch as it shows many gruesome war scenes. At the same time, it seems very real and is heartbreaking.
Based on the 2012 article “Marie Colvin’s Private War” in Vanity Fair by Marie Brenner, the film traces the real-life story of journalist Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) who gave all that she had to war reporting. Her focus was mainly on the humans who were affected by various wars. Even after losing one eye while covering a war in Sri Lanka, she’s unperturbed and continues to do her job.
The film is sensitive and will make you change the way you look at wars and the people affected by them. At the same time, it shows how covering war can be so detrimental to the mental well-being of the reporter.
The visuals of war with Marie’s voiceover will move you immensely. And the last scene will haunt you for months, if not days.
Rosamund Pike is wonderful as she plays the character with a lot of maturity and gives a very credible performance. She plays the physically strong and emotionally weak traits of Marie with equal ease. Jamie Dornan who plays Marie’s photographer Paul Conroy is brilliant.
“In covering war, can we really make a difference?,” asks Marie in one of the scenes. Well, we think she certainly did and so does this film. We give it 3.5 stars with a big kink.
Feature name: A Private War Starring: Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Tom Hollander Directed by: Matthew Heineman First things first. A Private ...3.5