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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005J4TLP2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,909 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By chuck on December 14, 2011
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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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As others have noted, this has somewhat the feel of a propaganda piece in favor of Georgia. But the movie does observe at the end that Georgia started the war, which is the conclusion of the EU investigation. It does not name the "five European presidents" standing with Saakashvilli at the end of the war; they were from Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Estonia, and Latvia according the "2008 South Ossetia War" entry in Wikipedia. All countries with some familiarity with Soviet domination. At the time, it seemed that Georgia (with the assistance of Bush) was trying to 'tweak' Putin, and that the Georgians got carried away and took it too far. The rhetoric in this movie rather supports that. However, the EU investigation (see Wikipedia article) found that the Ossetians undertook 'ethnic cleansing' of Georgians during and after the war, and that the Russians failed to stop them; that seems the major plot driver for the movie. The vehicle of using the reporters to tell the story was very effective, I thought, unlike the reviewer who found it 'tired'. Given the facts, it seemed plausible. I thought the action part of the movie was very well done, the acting was good, the story was good, and the political overlay made it seem a bit clunky at times but at the end of the day it was a good story that probably wasn't much further from the truth than many war movies. However, a British investigation (BBC & Human Rights Watch) found the Georgians had committed 'possible' 'war crimes', which you would not gather from the movie. The consensus afterwards was that all parties 'over-reacted'. The Georgians by attacking, the Russians by escalating to a much higher level and invading. All of which tends to happen in wars.

I give it an A for story, action, pacing and drama, and a B/C for history. Good acting. Enjoyable if you like this type of movie. Made all sides 'human'. Had dramatic tension. Seemed "Real". Had a viewpoint. Not perfect, but gripping. Emotionally involving.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mamuka Gomarteli on February 8, 2013
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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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