War Stories (2003)





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A feature-length pilot film for a proposed NBC series, War Stories is set in a battle-torn Middle Eastern country that is obviously Uzbekistan (but not identified as such). Cynical, hard-as-nails American war correspondent Ben Dansmore (Jeff Goldblum) balks at being assigned a new photographer/partner so soon after the newcomer's predecessor (who happened to be Ben's best friend) was literally blown to bits while covering a hot story. "There's no such thing as truth; that's why they call them stories." That is Ben's philosophy, one that he hopes to impart to idealistic young Nora Stone (Lake Bell). But Nora, whose sister died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, refuses to be as cold and dispassionate as Ben. It takes a series of near-death experiences dodging bullets and fanatical rebels for Ben and Nora to find the common ground so necessary to their future teamwork. War Stories premiered January 29, 2003, on the eve of what seemed certain to be the United States' ultimate showdown with Iraq.
R (adult situations)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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LionsGate Entertainment


Jeff Goldblum
as Ben Dansmore
Jeffrey Nordling
as Ian Rhys
Noam Jenkins
as Abdurain `Rainy' Tamarov
Louise Lombard
as Gayle Phelan
Lake Bell
as Nora Stone

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WAR STORIES WOW. Intriguing, fast-paced drama about a lively crew of war correspondents assigned to Uzbekistan following the outbreak of civil war there. Produced as a pilot project for a new network series which ended up being canceled. Too bad because this one had all the makings of a winner. Jeff Goldblum seemed credible in the role of an American newspaper reporter trying to stay objective about his work. However, I was not so sure about the ethics behind any decision to send overseas a photographer (played by Lake Bell) who had such blatantly strong personal feelings and seemed so immature--that was highly suspicious to me because it clearly endangered the very lives of everyone around her. Otherwise, a host of interesting characters. Includes some disturbing scenes of combat. Raises a lot of good questions regarding the difficulties and dangers of this type of journalism.

Ann Lorraine
Ann Lorraine

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