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5 Days of War [Blu-ray]

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Inspired by the real events of the swift--but devastating--five-day war between Russia and Georgia in 2008, this action-packed international thriller centers around an American journalist (Rupert Friend) and his cameraman (Richard Coyle) caught in the combat zone during the first Russian airstrikes against Georgia. Rescuing Tatia (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a young Georgian schoolteacher from the attack, the two reporters agree to help reunite her with her family when she loses them in the chaos in exchange for serving as their interpreter. As the three attempt to escape to safety, they witness--and document--the devastation from the full-scale crossfire and cold-blooded murder of innocent civilians.

They desperately attempt to broadcast the footage they've captured while under attack from the Russian soldiers and local mercenaries, but are met with resistance from American and international networks either shorthanded from covering the Beijing Olympics or simply fatigued by war news. The trio realizes their survival is paramount, so they can live to broadcast the truth.

This vivid, heart-pounding film directed by acclaimed director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Cliffhanger), 5 Days of War sheds light on the complicated politics and dangers involved with exposing the truth during times of war. 5 Days of War also features an international ensemble cast, including Heather Graham, Johnathon Schaech, Rade Sherbedgia, Mikko Nousiainen, Dean Cain with Andy Garcia and Val Kilmer.

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  • Actors: Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Richard Coyle
  • Directors: Renny Harlin
  • Writers: Mikko Alanne
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005J4TLP2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,001 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Ted on October 8, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This movie is very close to reality - what heppaned in Georgia in 2008. I am from the second troubled region of GA - from Abkhazia, and I know what is going on there and in "South Ossetia". Ethnic cleansing is part of policy of local government, it is encoureged and supported by "Older brother" from north. Some epizodes in this movie are not real, but majority are very close.
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Good action movie. Solid action scenes throughout. Good acting by most and a compelling story. Movie is about he Russian invasion of the former Soviet republic of Georgia. A very pro Western country that wants into the EU and NATO. The media enjoyed ignoring this little war at the time because we were bogged down in Iraq and Russia knew this when they decided to invade. The people of Georgia were left to be slaughterd alone fighting Russian agression as this movie shows. This movie deserves much more press than it is getting. Its no DieHard but true real life ussually isn't.
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5 DAYS OF WAR is a disturbing film on many levels; it takes us into the bowels of an active war zone sharing the bloody ravenous hunger of war and the effects on the citizens of the invaded country, it is raw in its depiction of what happens to non-combatant journalists who are embedded to document the truth, and it is embarrassing how little the outside world knew of this brief but devastating war between Russia and Georgia in 2008 a war concomitant with the Olympic Games in Beijing, China so hungrily observed by the media. It tests our priorities of information intake and in doing so puts a quite different perspective on world events. The story is based on true facts and is well paced by writers Mikko Alanne and David Battle and directed with unrelenting intensity by Renny Harlin.

The film opens with three journalists and photographers - Thomas Anders (Rupert Friend), Sebastian Ganz (Richard Coyle), and Miriam (Heather Graham) - riding in a jeep in apparently placid countryside when they are struck by a bomb killing Miriam and leaving both Thomas and Sebastian injured. It soon becomes obvious that Georgia is being attacked by the Russians who (we are told) fear that Georgia is becoming too attached to the West! Flashes back and forth between comment from the reluctant President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia (Andy Garcia) who demands a cease fire and clips of Putin and his representative Col. Alexandr Demidov (Rade Serbedzija) who increase the bombing bring the tension to the breaking point.
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A very touching thriller, great acting and directing. The movie tells the truth about the 2008 Russian aggression against Georgia, punishing her for her pro-Western and American orientation.
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My son and daughter-in-law who live in Georgia say that Georgians are very proud of this movie and that it does certainly portray the world as they see it and how they want the West to understand it. It is a great movie if you understand that it gives a good idea of what happened in this war between Republic of Georgia & Russia, again, from the Georgian perspective. It also does a good job of giving the perspective of those non-Georgians who were there concerning the West's reactions, particularly the perception that the United States (gov't & civilian) was too distracted by other world events rather than to pay much attention to Putin's expansion into Georgian territory. Thus, the movie is rife with western moralizing as American movies are so well known for. Still, this movie a treasure trove of insight into the Georgian psyche as well as the Russian mindset per those Russians who participated in the film. Highly recommend this film if you are interesting in Caucasun-Russian history and can watch the movie as an observer of another culture's attempt to passionately portray a portion of their own story rather than getting swallowed up in the story itself and particularly the shallow criticism Americans often do when viewing a foreign film, or any film for that matter.
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I suppose the average film goers lack of interest in geopolitics is the root cause, otherwise there is no reason that this film was virtually ignored and invisible. Being interested in the goings on in the former Soviet Empire, I was intrigued when I just "found" this film while surfing the Amazon listings What a gem! The acting is excellent,the story is gripping, and the production values are among the best of any war movie produced in the last decade. If you like a good story, well told, and are interested in events which..at least in part--led to the "Wall of Steel" around Sochi, then you will enjoy this movie.
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This is a true story, about the small country of Georgia going it alone against the Russians. There was NO help from Europe or the USA, and the Georgians suffered much from the invaders. Not many people know of this news, but it is important to understand the dangerous aggressions that east Europeans fear from the Russian government. MUST SEE.
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