5 Days Of War
War drama about Putin's 2008 invasion of Georgia Discuss this article
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. Some might call this broadening. The hard fact, though, is that Harlin’s instincts – always toward the massive and slo-mo – make him a fairly dunderheaded political analyst. An American war correspondent (Friend) and his thrill-seeking cameraman (Coyle) enter the battlefield, bear witness to a Russian-led air siege, comfort many a crying civilian and team up with a cute local teacher (Chriqui). Oh, justice, where are you?
Shot on location with tons of military hardware from the (heroically portrayed) Georgian government, it’s the rare film about current events that leaves you knowing less. Cameos from ex-Rollergirl Heather Graham and a chunky Val Kilmer, unable to screw down into seriousness, threaten the already-fragile believability quotient. Had the film stuck to the dangerous lives of these committed journos it would have had material enough; Harlin, while clearly honouring their work, turns them into low-wattage action heroes.
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