A Private War (2018)
January 26, 2020 9:21 PM - Subscribe

One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.
posted by orange swan (3 comments total)
A Private War is streaming on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S.
posted by Etrigan at 11:31 PM on January 26, 2020

Rosamund Pike was really too young for this role. She would have been only 39 when this movie was made, and Colvin was 44-56 over the timeframe this movie covers. Other than that, I think she did a decent job of playing the unstoppably and fiercely courageous, dedicated, perceptive, and intelligent Colvin.

The thing that struck me about this movie -- as indeed it always strikes me as nearly any movie about a war -- is that it's merely a drop in the bucket, a microcosm of the effects of war. Colvin sacrificed so much -- and ultimately, everything -- to do the job of bearing witness to the atrocities of war, but when one steps back and realizes that this wrenching story of the loss of an eye, PTSD, and the impact of Colvin's trauma on all who knew her is just the story of how war affected one person, that her story is just one among millions... it's so overwhelming to think about.

War is like a tidal wave of our own making that destroys everything in its path, and you'd think the human race would have learned better than to wage war by now, instead of finding new ways to take the destruction to unimaginable heights.
posted by orange swan at 11:04 AM on January 27, 2020 [1 favorite]

I keep meaning to see this, & also to read the copy of Extremis I bought. Neither have happened yet.
posted by uberchet at 3:52 PM on January 28, 2020

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