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  • Summary: Only two journalists were killed in World War I. Sixty-three journalists were killed in World War II. In the last two decades almost a journalist a week has been killed, with the dead numbering in the thousands. The conclusions are obvious. Journalism in times of war has become an increasingly lethal endeavor - and extremely traumatic – as journalists are now viewed as natural targets by combatants; subject to kidnapping, torture and even beheadings. With journalists facing these new realities, UNDER FIRE weaves together combat footage and first-hand accounts by the journalists who were there to reveal what they see, think and feel as they confront the physical danger and savagery of war. (MercuryMedia International) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 11, 2012
    The sometimes agonizingly powerful documentary Under Fire: Journalists in Combat is built around some staggering statistics: Only two journalists were killed in World War I. Sixty-three lost their lives in World War II. And in the past two decades, almost one journalist per week has been killed.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Feb 11, 2012
    Fascinating and often devastating.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Feb 11, 2012
    Viewers unconvinced by the "war is a drug" doctrine set forth by Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" will find it amply corroborated by the self-admitted adrenaline junkies here, whose collective war-reporting experience spans an astounding number of overseas conflicts from Sarajevo and Chechnya to El Salvador and Libya.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Feb 11, 2012
    Martyn Burke's documentary hauntingly dissects the rise of media mortality in the war zone and the mental disorders that follow.
  5. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Feb 11, 2012
    Well made, and for once the talking-heads format is satisfying.
  6. 60
    This is one of the super rare docs that packs an unbelievable punch despite its misguided aesthetics. It's a strange triumph of content over form, which is the province of journalists to report.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 11, 2012
    Important and gripping.