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5 Days of War [Blu-ray] (2011)

Rupert Friend , Emmanuelle Chriqui , Renny Harlin  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005J4TLP2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,799 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie October 8, 2011
By Ted
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great action movie. December 14, 2011
By chuck
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their only weapon is the Truth May 25, 2013
Format:DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great work! February 8, 2013
Format:DVD
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insiring movie October 14, 2012
By maroon
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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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Good Find! December 2, 2011
By T.
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I had never heard of this movie, but am glad that I saw it. (It's better than most things currently playing in the theater.) The story describes the 5-day 2008 Russo-Georgian war. I enjoyed Rupert Friend's (also in Pride and Prejudice) performance as a reporter who risks his life to smuggle a video of war atrocities committed by the Russians against the Georgians. Andy Garcia acts as the Georgian president trying to defend his country against Russian attack. Val Kilmer, Dean Cain and Heather Graham also have bit roles. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys movies about modern day warfare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why was this film under the radar? February 26, 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Boom December 1, 2013
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Great film, lots of intrigue and nail biting. It moves well and the characters play well off one another. If you're into war films this is a good one...hated when the photographer bought it tho'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern War Movie - Good
This is indeed an action movie. The video and sound quality are top notch. The plot is a bit exaggerated. If you are lover of home theater system, it is quite a demo material.
Published 5 months ago by Kam Wing Hung Billy
4.0 out of 5 stars War in the birth place of Stalin
Fairly historically accurate. Not that anyone in the USA would know because I remember having to read about it on the BBC, not much coverage here.
Published 5 months ago by Jonh
5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie On War's Casualties
The movie offers excellent insight into the Georgian and Russian conflict over Abkhazia and South Ossetia and how truth was the real casualty of the war. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ebey Soman
3.0 out of 5 stars technically and artistically well done, but why do it?
The battle sequences are first-rate, and there are plenty of them. But the film does have the air of a propaganda piece when you consider the situation in that part of the world. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Keith Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
This tells the story of the Middle East better than any other movie I have seen. Strongly recommend it to everyone.
Published 8 months ago by Linda Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars Good peak at a little known conflict.
Another average war DVD, but has some important historical significance. Some of the combat scenes seem right out of the computer animation room.
Published 13 months ago by Michael A. Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
Not many of us are familiar with the Soviet invasion of the Republic of Georgia and could probably care less. Read more
Published 13 months ago by R. Michael Oguin
5.0 out of 5 stars Renny Harlin is back
What an excellent movie. True story. Moving. Acting is 5 stars, and action sequences are spectacular. Human tragedy of war shown in all its reality. Read more
Published 16 months ago by James Deas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I like Andy Garcia. He is a great actor. The movie is based on true events showing Russian soldiers as idiots
Published 16 months ago by George Robinson
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