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5 Days of War

Action . Drama . War

Inspired by the real events of the swift--but devastating--five-day war between Russia and Georgia in 2008, 5 Days of War centers around an American journalist (Rupert Friend) and his cameraman (Richard Coyle) caught in the combat zone during the first Russian airstrikes against Georgia. Rescuing Tatia (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a young Georgian schoolteacher separated from her family during the attack, the two reporters agree to help reunite her with her family in exchange for serving as their interpreter. As the three attempt to escape to safety, they witness--and document--the devastation from the full-scale crossfire and cold-blooded murder of innocent civilians.

Actors: Rade Serbedzija , Antje Traue , Richard Coyle , Mikko Nousiainen , Heather Graham , Emmanuelle Chriqui , Dean Cain , Andy García , Val Kilmer , Rupert Friend
Directors: Renny Harlin
Country: GEORGIA , USA
Release: 2011-06-06
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  • Mark Jenkins

    Neither innovative nor profound, but it is kinetic, visceral and sometimes moving.

    NPR Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    5 Days of War feels low-budget in everything except its battle sequences.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Set during the brief, brutal 2008 flare-up between Russia and Georgia, the drama has some exhilarating moments, but they're dampened by concessions to conventionally bloviating music, overly theatrical dialogue and inadvertently comic slo-mo.

    Variety Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    The movie is a continuous barrage of explosions, sneak attacks, chases, life-and-death face-offs, and amazing rescues that are as far-fetched as they are exhilarating. The cheap thrills are compounded by Mikko Alanne and David Battle's screenplay, a wallow in old-time Hollywood boilerplate, some of which you can't believe is being recycled yet again.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ben Sachs

    It almost goes without saying that Harlin is the wrong man to direct a docudrama about the Russia-Georgian conflict of 2008, which displaced tens of thousands of people and left hundreds of others dead. Lacking political insight or sympathy for real people (as opposed to action-movie types), Harlin can offer little more than tasteless spectacle.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Mark Holcomb

    Taking the vantage point of civilians rather than combatants allows 5 Days of War to show the toll of the terror and of the relentless, exhausting pursuit of war with unexpected force. Had it rejected the genre's romantic trappings and false heroics more consistently, the movie might've been worth the ride.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    The hard fact, though, is that Harlin's instincts - always toward the massive and slo-mo - make him a fairly dunderheaded political analyst.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    None of the action is coherent; shots and shells are fired, people and killed or not, explosions rend the air, SUVs spin aloft (the same one more than once, I think), and there is no sense of strategy.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Should appeal more to those who like to watch stuff blow up than understand exactly why the carnage is transpiring.

    New York Post Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Fails both as historical re-enactment and as action-flick thrill ride.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • John DeFore

    A tired old quote about truth being the first casualty of war is a strange way to start 5 Days of War, an overwrought drama that, whatever its good intentions, could hardly be said to aim for objectivity in its account of the 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Most unforgivable, however, is the film's coda in which real Georgian victims pose for the camera with pictures of their loved ones lost in the five days of war. Using real people to impart the emotions that the entire film was unable to evince is simply cheap exploitation.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Jaime N. Christley

    Renny Harlin seems now incapable of taking a movie even as far as a few frames.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Harlin even makes poor Kilmer go running about. Just like that image, "5 Days" is embarrassingly clumsy.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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