5 Days Of War Reviews
This film is to be recommended neverthelss because of its cinematography that forced all the suffering, desolation and cruelty of wars in your face. It's easy to read a news piece but difficult to put it into perspective. This film helps you visualise what it meant to be war-torn. I happened to view this film when Russia is at it again, this time at Crimea in Ukraine.
And dare I say the film is also well-scripted for a "war movie"!
"I believe that all the trials that we face lead us to our purpose."
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.
(2011) 5 Days Of War
WAR/ SOCIAL COMMENTARY
This is like another one of those movies where a child is trying to explain about his good intentions and it wouldn't make any sense to anyone else except him. Anyways, this should never been made into a movie in the first place for it would've been much more interesting had it been a documentary. At the start of the movie, we assumed that it's about the photographers or journalists, but then it shifts to it's story to be about the people- the people of Georgia that is, a minor country located next to Russia. Apparently, Georgia is not the first country to be invaded by Russia because they had also invaded Afghanistan as well and the Americans intervened by selling weapons to the people of Afghanistan unaware that those very weapons were going to be used on us and to our allies. On the first 30 minutes or so dwells on a particular situation which an American photographer journalist, Thomas (Rupert Friend) along with some of his colleagues coincidently were saved by some Georgian soldiers from Iraqi soldiers on the side of Saddam Hussein. Before Thomas get carried away he's then given a cheap looking trinket by one of the Georgian soldiers to remember him by. Then the film jumps a few years later, and because he still remembers the Georgian soldier who saved him, he felt an obligation to go and see him since he was offered an assignment to go down there. Georgia another country that's located almost right next to Russia, are in cahoots with them since they're accusing them of an attack even though theirs evidence that it actually happened. For it's obvious, the reason Russia is declaring war against the people of Georgia is because the opportunity is there for it was during the Olympics. At this point viewers are wondering how come Georgian villages or towns who live so close to the border are not running far away from it. Director Renny Harlin never explains for the people just stand their and accept their fate while Thomas and his filming crew are eager to film as much atrocities instead of running away from it. And then the film shifts to having the journalists being chased by that particular sadistic Russian army since this chip contains damning footage that could dampen Russian's credibility. And it does this on such pretentious fashion that viewers wouldn't really know what to make of it. Emmanuelle Chriqui plays Tatia the girl who's family of the village/ town that was attacked. Heather Graham stars as an unrecognizable Miriam Eisner, Andy Garcia as Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili, and Dean Cain has a small part as US ambassador of Georgia.
1 star out of 4 for it's good intentions