5 Days Of War (2011)



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5 Days of War is an action-packed international thriller from acclaimed director, Renny Harlin. Based on true events, this intense film is a vivid account of a renegade American journalist, his cameraman and a local woman caught behind enemy lines, and determined to not only survive, but tell the world what was happening, during the swift but devastating 5-day war between Russian and the Georgian Republic in 2008. -- (C) Anchor Bay

Rating: R (for strong bloody war violence and atrocities, and for pervasive language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Mikko Alanne, David Battle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 29, 2011
Box Office: $17.2k
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as Thomas Anders

as Sebastian Ganz

as Tatia Khetaguri

as Miriam Eisner

as Captain Rezo Avalian...

as Colonel Alexandr Dem...

as Anton Khetaguri

as Sopho Medoevi

as Karin Lange

as Michael Stilton

as Chris Bailot

as President Mikheil Sa...

as Laurens 'Dutchman' R...

as Minister Temur Iakob...

as Minister David Kezer...

as Minister Alexandre L...

as Major Lavrin

as Daniil's Man #1

as Daniil's Man #2

as Georgian Lieutenant

as Inn Keeper's Wife

as Inn Keeper's Infant

as Inn Keeper's Baby

as Village Man

as Woman Shot in Knees

as Woman Shot in Knees

as Militia Boy

as Waitress

as Giorgi The Guide

as Iraqi Taxi Driver

as Lasha Tsagareli

as Georgian Lieutenant

as Georgian Captain

as Georgian Captain

as Satellite Van Tech J...

as Oldest Militia Boy

as Oldest Militia Boy

as Wedding Singer

as Disabled Woman

as Disabled Man

as Rezo's Soldier

as Chief of Police

as Girl in Church

as Older Village Woman

as Young Village Girl

as Colonel Alexandr Dem...

as Wedding Singers

as Wedding Dancers
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Critic Reviews for 5 Days Of War

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (13)

An action movie scarcely deeper than a Michael Bay extravaganza.

Full Review… | September 1, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Flimsy dramatization of Russia/Georgia conflict fails both as historical re-enactment and as action-flick thrill ride.

Full Review… | August 25, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

As propaganda, 5 Days Of War is unlikely to make a mark, though perhaps the idea of reaching people through would-be blockbusters will.

Full Review… | August 19, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

Harlin's roots show throughout the picture, as he films real-life horrors with a bombast better suited to summer entertainment.

Full Review… | August 19, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 5 Days Of War


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


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.



Gimly Monocle
Gimly Monocle

Super Reviewer


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

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