Hits close to home: Rachel Lopez reviews A Private War

Looks like Hollywood’s quietly vowed to put out at least one true-events film about journalists every year. Spotlight took the Best Picture Oscar in 2015. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot saw the funny side of covering war in 2016. The Post made it to The American Film Institute’s top 10 films of last year.

A Private War goes further in all senses of the term. It spans the last decade in the life of Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike), the firebrand American war correspondent at the UK’s The Sunday Times, and the many prices she paid before she was killed in an attack in Syria in 2012.

The bravery is made evident early on. Colvin heads to Sri Lanka in 2001 to report on the Tamil rebels and loses an eye in a grenade attack, wearing her trademark eyepatch from then on.

First Published: Nov 21, 2018 20:12 IST

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