5 Days Of War 2011

5 Days of War

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A journalist (Rupert Friend), his cameraman (Richard Coyle) and a Georgia native (Emmanuelle Chriqui) are caught in the crossfire of the Russia-Georgia conflict.

Cast & Crew

Rupert Friend
Thomas Anders
Richard Coyle
Sebastian Ganz
Dean Cain
Chris Bailot
Andy Garcia
President of Georgia
Mikko Nousiainen
Daniil
Rade Serbedzija
Col. Demidov
Mirza Davitaia
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Mikko Alanne
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Critic Reviews for 5 Days Of War

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (23)

  • Opening with the oft-quoted statement "The first casualty of war is truth," 5 Days of War should have heeded its own warning.

    September 9, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • An action movie scarcely deeper than a Michael Bay extravaganza.

    September 1, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    August 26, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 clichd clumsiness in a script by David Battle and doctored by Finnish writer Mikko Alanne.

    August 26, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Flimsy dramatization of Russia/Georgia conflict fails both as historical re-enactment and as action-flick thrill ride.

    August 25, 2011 | Full Review…
  • As propaganda, 5 Days Of War is unlikely to make a mark, though perhaps the idea of reaching people through would-be blockbusters will.

    August 19, 2011 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 5 Days Of War

  • Nov 26, 2013
    As, unfortunately, is often the case with realistic-ish war movies, particularly those based on actual events, is that real life is just not all that interesting. I found myself thinking that it had run its course, then realising that there was still 40 minutes of runtime remaining. It's rare for me to ever say that a film could use some condensing, but in 5 Days of War I have found such an overly-long piece. The events of the film, which covers the Russia-Georgia War in the 2008 Battle of Gori, are remarkably biased in favour of the Georgians, portraying them as innocent bystanders in the South Ossetian events, and Russians as bloodthirsty thieves, rapists and murderers. Val Kilmer makes for a surprisingly pleasant addition, and primary Russian villain, Mercenary Daniil, makes for a moderate badass, but nobody else is really much of a crowd pleaser. Most saddening though is the fact that 5 Days of War just plain doesn't bring anything new to the table. I'm always keen to get behind work involving British actor Richard Coyle (Franklyn, Outpost: Black Sun, Coupling), but I'm afraid this one just has no true positive aspect. Instead, it lingers somewhere in the realm of "tolerable". It's strange for a film so laden with military action to manage feel so stagnant. 30% -Gimly
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  • Jan 10, 2013
    Unfortunately the Georgians have only this movie to provide a fictional account of the Russian invasion of their territory. It is a Michael Bay treatment which removes most of the gravity of the actual situation. A shame.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2012
    In "5 Days of War," Thomas Anders(Rupert Friend), a journalist, gets a tip from the Dutchman(Val Kilmer), a colleague, about an upcoming Russian invasion of Georgia. Bringing along his photographer, Sebastian Ganz(Richard Coyle), Anders hooks up with Rezo(Johnathon Schaech), a contact in the Georgian army who saved his bacon back in Iraq. After which, they take in a wedding which is bombarded by Russian forces and then follow that up by accompanying Tatia(Emmanuelle Chriqui) north into the path of danger in search of her missing family. Since "5 Days of War" is based on actual events, one might think the best route would have been a documentary. After seeing the havoc that director Renny Harlin wrecks with the material by almost turning it into an action movie at times, one would have definite cause to be correct. And to no one's surprise, the rest of it is not exactly subtle. While I am on the film's side in praising the heroics of war reporters in bringing news to light, especially in a conflict like this where Putin is not as heavily criticized as he should be, I think the movie's two main points are incorrect. One, I did read about Georgia being invaded in the newspaper, so obviously people did care. Two, the United States would not get involved because it did not want to cause World War III unduly, although comparing invasions would have been provocative to say the least. Otherwise, Richard Coyle hits the right gonzo notes and there is one great scene involving Rade Serbedzija and a chessboard that summarizes everything nicely.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2011
    At times a little overacted and overblown, this movie wasn't too bad. This movie is definitely a propaganda film. Very, very pro-Georgia. Not to say they weren't screwed over by the Russians, but the movie got a bit too fantastical toward the end. It's good to bring to light the types of atrocities that occur to innocent citizens during wars, but there were an awful lot of "gimme a break!" moments for me. I think that alone made this movie just beyond watchable..
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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