| Original Score: C
An action movie scarcely deeper than a Michael Bay extravaganza.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
As propaganda, 5 Days Of War is unlikely to make a mark, though perhaps the idea of reaching people through would-be blockbusters will.
| Original Score: D+
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.
| Original Score: 0/5
Harlin manages to summarize the intensity of combat and the despair of conflict. Despite its many flaws, "5 Days of War" retains a visceral punch. A shame it doesn't have much of a brain.
A hell-on-earth thriller that makes valiant gestures toward geopolitical savvy but gets bushwhacked by vet helmer Renny Harlin's weakness for the Rambo-esque.
Should appeal more to those who like to watch stuff blow up than understand exactly why the carnage is transpiring.
| Original Score: 2/4
The plot is culled from a variety of "war is hell but I'm covering it anyway" journalist-in-the-field movies but handled with clichéd clumsiness in a script by David Battle and doctored by Finnish writer Mikko Alanne.
...an aggressively unwatchable piece of work that trivializes its searing subject matter...
| Original Score: 1/4
5 Days of war seems like an eternity if you are in the audience.
| Original Score: 5/10
Harlin's roots show throughout the picture, as he films real-life horrors with a bombast better suited to summer entertainment.
Flimsy dramatization of Russia/Georgia conflict fails both as historical re-enactment and as action-flick thrill 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
[Presents] its protagonist journalists as ill-defined types performing heroic daring-do and the Georgian refugees taken under their wing as a plot device.
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
Had it rejected the genre's romantic trappings and false heroics more consistently, the movie might've been worth the ride.
Would-be serious treatment of war is lethally undermined by director Renny Harlin's ham-fisted, exploitative approach.
Basically 5 Days of War is a popcorn movie for people itching to hate Russians again.
Harlin's film begins with the familiar adage that truth is the first casualty of war. Usually that phrase precedes an attempt to revive the patient, not bury it deeper in the rubble of propaganda.