Starring: Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, Tom Hollander, Corey Johnson, Alexandra Moen

OUR RATING: ★★★½

Story:

Bio-drama directed by Matthew Heineman based on one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike). Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless. 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.

 


Best Quotes    (Total Quotes: 23)


 

Sean Ryan: Hey, Marie. I need you in Palestine, not Sri Lanka.
Marie Colvin: Sean, there is an unreported war there.
Sean Ryan: Yes, because journalists have been banned for more than six years. I can’t let you go.
Marie Colvin: Thousands of starving children.
Sean Ryan: If the government catches you, they’ll kill you.


 

Tony Shaw: Where did you get that eye patch, Marie?
Marie Colvin: At Treasure Island.
Tony Shaw: Really? I heard you got it in Sri Lanka.
Marie Colvin: You did? Which is hard to say sometimes.
Tony Shaw: I asked Amy.
Marie Colvin: And you, uh, you background check all of your potential one-night stands?
Tony Shaw: I don’t have one-night stands.
Marie Colvin: Oh. I don’t. No, I don’t, I don’t. I have sexual adventures. One-night stands, no. I always end up with psychos.


 

Marie Colvin: What’s your name?
Paul Conroy: Paul.
Marie Colvin: I’m Marie.
Paul Conroy: I know.
Marie Colvin: So, you’re freelance?
Paul Conroy: Always.
Marie Colvin: Any good?
Paul Conroy: The best.


 

Marie Colvin: [to Paul] I need a photographer. I’ve never found one I like. Let’s see how you do.


 

Marie Colvin: Paul, are you okay?
Paul Conroy: I can’t stop thinking about it.
Marie Colvin: Get another drink.
Paul Conroy: You want one?
Marie Colvin: Not when I’m working.
Paul Conroy: Are we selling a phony war?
Marie Colvin: Paul, what we saw, was it phony?
Paul Conroy: No.


 

Marie Colvin: If you’re not fucking crazy when you come into a place like this, you definitely will be if you get out.


 

Marie Colvin: War is not so terrible for governments, for they are not wounded or killed like ordinary people.


 

Marie Colvin: I feel that we’ve failed if we don’t face what war does, if we don’t face the human horrors and tell people what really happens when all sides try to obscure the truth.


 

Marie Colvin: [to Gaddafi] You’re prepared to sink your country into civil war.


 

Marie Colvin: War is the quiet bravery of civilians who will endure far more than I ever will, of those asked to fight and those who are just trying to survive. Mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, traumatized families, bereft and inconsolable.


 

Marie Colvin: Sean, I have nightmares every night. I can only imagine. I’m running, trying to get to this house. It used to be a nice house, but it’s gone now. All that’s left now is mutilated bodies and rubble.


 

Paul Conroy: Marie, you’ve seen more war than most soldiers. You have to take it seriously.
Marie Colvin: You want psychobabble? Right, I’ll give it to you. I really looked up to my father. I was tormented when he died because he never understood the fact that I might have opinions of my own. I love my mother, but I struggle with her because I can never be the suburban housewife in the safe fucking life. I diet fiercely because I don’t want to get fat, but I also have seen so many people in the world go hungry, so I like to eat. I, um, I want to be a mom, like my sister, but I’ve had two miscarriages and I have to accept the fact that I might never be that. I fear growing old, but then I also fear dying young. I’m most happy with a vodka martini in my hand, but I can’t stand the fact that the chatter in my head won’t go quiet until there’s a quart of vodka inside me. I hate being in a war zone, but I also feel compelled, compelled to see it for myself.
Paul Conroy: Because you’re addicted to it.


 

Marie Colvin: I want people to know your story.


 

Sean Ryan: You have a god given talent to make people stop and care.
Marie Colvin: Where do you see yourself in ten years, Sean?
Sean Ryan: Haven’t really thought about it.
Marie Colvin: Don’t be English. Be honest.
Sean Ryan: Well, in that case, I want to be the most highly regarded, well respected, award winning, editor Fleet Street’s ever seen.
Marie Colvin: Then get me back in the field.
Sean Ryan: I can’t do that. And you’re not ready, are you?
Marie Colvin: Well, then, maybe I just have to find a shrink in here who’ll testify to my sanity.
Sean Ryan: Well, you got Yasser Arafat to give you his life story, so…


 

Marie Colvin: She was a twelve year-old Palestinian girl killed by a stray bullet that pierced her heart. I watched her parents hold her as she bled out. She was wearing pearl earrings. She probably thought she looked pretty that day. I see it, so you don’t have to.


 

Sean Ryan: Is that what they all died for?
Marie Colvin: I don’t know what they died for.
Sean Ryan: Yes, you do. You see it so that we don’t have to, yes, but also because you couldn’t imagine a world in which you didn’t. No one in their right mind would do what you do, Marie. But if you lose your conviction, then what hope do the rest of us have?


 

Marie Colvin: Maybe I would have liked a more normal life. Maybe I just don’t know how. Or maybe this is where I feel most comfortable.


 

Paul Conroy: I already told you, if you use the sat phone, those drones will know where we are. They’ll blow us out of here. We don’t have time.
Marie Colvin: Let me see if I can fix it.
Paul Conroy: We don’t have time!


 

[referring to Colvin]
Sean Ryan: She needs to get the hell out of there.


 

Marie Colvin: I’ve got to go back. There are twenty-eight thousand people there. We can’t abandon them.
Paul Conroy: No, no. Listen to me! You’re brilliant and brave, and, fuck, you’ve got an amazing nose for a story. But you don’t have a military brain, alright? Hey, hey, hey.
Marie Colvin: Let me go.
Paul Conroy: We will fucking die if we go back, okay? We will fucking die.
Marie Colvin: I’ve got to go back.


 

Marie Colvin: For an audience for which any conflict is very far away, this is the reality. There are twenty-eight thousand civilians, men, women and children, a city of the cold and hungry, starving, defenseless. There are no telephones. The electricity has been cut off. Families are sharing what they have with relatives and neighbors. I have sat with literally hundreds of women with infant children who are trapped in these cold, brutal conditions, unable to feed their children anything other than sugar and water for weeks on end. That little boy was one of two children who died today. It’s what happens every day. The Syrian regime is claiming that they’re not hitting civilians, that they’re just going after terrorist gangs. But every civilian house has been hit. The top floor of the building I’m in has been totally destroyed. There are no military targets here. It is a complete and utter lie.


 

Marie Colvin: This is the worst conflict I’ve ever seen. It’s the worst because it was a peaceful uprising that was crushed by violence. President Assad is sitting in his palace in Damascus in panic, the entire security apparatus his father built crumbling around him, and he is responding in the only way he’s been taught how. When he was a child, he watched his father crush opposition by shelling the city of Hama into ruins and killing ten thousand innocent civilians. He watched, as we’re watching, a dictator killing with impunity. And the words on everybody’s lips here are, “Why have we been abandoned? Why?” I don’t know why.


 

Marie Colvin: It’s like writing, uh, your own obituary. I suppose to look back at it and say, you know, I cared enough to go to these places and write, in some way, something that would make someone else care as much about it as I did at the time. Part of it is you’re never going to get to where you’re going if you acknowledge fear. I think fear comes later, when it’s all over.


Total Quotes: 23

 

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