Whether its passion is faked or real is impossible to tell because it is expressed with such pulp-fiction gusto.
| Original Score: 4/5
Would-be serious treatment of war is lethally undermined by director Renny Harlin's ham-fisted, exploitative approach.
Had it rejected the genre's romantic trappings and false heroics more consistently, the movie might've been worth the ride.
Renny Harlin used to make ridiculous movies involving pirates or Sylvester Stallone; now he makes ridiculous movies about Putin's 2008 invasion of the country of Georgia.
| Original Score: 2/5
The drama is satisfying and the message is pertinent, making 5 Days of War a worthy alternative to all the mindlessness on offer this blockbuster season.
If 5 Days of War is any indication, Renny Harlin is looking to hoist himself up from the bottom of the barrel using the Blood Diamond template.
| Original Score: .5/4
A pro-Georgian, anti-Russian war movie with lots of action.
| Original Score: B+
It masquerades as an underdog story about journalists who cut through the fog of war, but it's patronising enough to think we won't notice the cliches and simplifications.
I think this is sort of quite an impressive film and it just sort of makes you angry all over again about this sort of unfairness of the politics in the world.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
This tribute to news journalists manages to pack in a few cliches, but director Renny Harlin has always been good with action, and the action scenes here are scarily effective.
While it's let down by its reliance on action genre clichés, this remains compelling and thought-provoking throughout.
The film is stirring and moving and occasionally harrowing, needless to say, and it achieves its objective of powerfully documenting a short span of history that must not be overlooked
| Original Score: C