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5 Days of War [DVD]

Rupert Friend , Emmanuelle Chirqui , Renny Harlin    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chirqui, Richard Coyle, Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia
  • Directors: Renny Harlin
  • Writers: Mikko Alanne
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KKX1BQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,305 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

War drama from director Renny Harlin which follows two journalists striving to uncover the truth about the Russian-Georgian war in 2008. Thomas Anders (Rupert Friend), a reporter from the USA, and his cameraman Chris Bailot (Dean Cain) become immersed in finding out what is really behind the fighting in South Ossetia. After being caught in the crossfire and witnessing executions in a small Georgian village, it becomes a race against time for the journalists to broadcast these horrific crimes to the watching world. Andy Garcia and Val Kilmer also star.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby Surround ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: 5 Days of War is an action-packed international thriller from acclaimed director Renny Harlin. Based on true events, this intense film is a vivid account of a renegade American journalist, his cameraman and a local woman caught behind enemy lines, and determined to not only survive, but tell the world what was happening, during the swift but devastating 5-day war between Russian and the Georgian Republic in 2008. ...5 Days of War ( Five Days of War ) ( Red August )

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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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That is the initial message of this new film from Renny Harlan - famous for directing `Die Hard 2'. That would have normally put me off but I thought the subject looked worth a watch. This tells of the story of two journalists who worked together in Iraq where they were rescued from an insurgent fire fight by some Georgian UN Peace Keepers. They formed a bond with the captain.

So when war was about to break out in the newly non Soviet state of Georgia, they went in to tell the story. This is based on actual events, and in that I take it they mean the actual five days war that took place when Russian forces invaded Georgia after allegedley trumped up allegations of Georgian aggression against South Ossetia. The tale of the journos is a bit too contrived to be totally believable.

I do not want to give any plot spoilers but there are a few holes, that are mainly used to keep the tension well ramped up. The action scenes are frequent and bloody. There is the depiction of wanton murder, brutality, theft and rape. The action is where this film scores, it is done very realistically, with the help of some CGI for the big ticket items, no-one wants to blow up an entire village, for example.

The journalists get mixed up with the locals and realise that sometimes merely observing is not an option. This then is a rollicking actioner. It stars Rupert Friend (`The Young Victoria') and Richard Coyle who you might remember from `Prince of Persia'. There is also a part for Andy Garcia and even Val Kilmer puts in an appearance as another journalist. The language is all English with some Russian and everything is translated on screen by the players so no nasty sub titles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good film. 8 July 2014
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arrived ok. well packed. good film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 5 days of war 5 April 2014
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a waste of money a low budget film poor acting and a story that is not very good one 2 avoid
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By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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5 Days of War (or even August as it's known outside of the UK & US) is the dramatised story of the 2008 Russo-Georgian war told from the perspective of two veteran war correspondents; Thomas Anders (Rupert Friend - The Kid) & his faithful cameraman Sebastian Ganz (Richard Coyle - Prince of Persia). Whilst they are old-hands at reporting conflict having covered the Iraq War, this one turns out to have no rules whatsoever; when they become privy to an act of genocide by the Russian army, the Russians want nothing more than to suppress the truth about this 'invasion' and stop them getting their report out. Will they manage to make their broadcast? At what cost?

This is a fairly weighty film and it should be as it is dramatising an actual conflict. The characters are well played and Andy Garcia deserves a special mention as the Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili (despite a rather dubious accent at several points) he plays the part with verve & emotion, really invoking compassion for the Georgian situation as they are effectively invaded whilst the rest of the world buries their heads in the sand.

The cinematography is incredible, as Sukhoi's bomb villages and Hind's strafe the towns; there is so much military hardware in 5 Days Of War it often feels disturbingly authentic, with hundreds of infantrymen, tanks, helicopters and planes advancing on the main characters it really invokes a sense of fear & tension - absolutely fantastic in places.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Benminx
Format:Blu-ray
This is a complex film to review, because there are a few factors involve that bias the creative influences and the critics' reception, so for those who just want to know if it's any good, I'll cut to the chase: Is it any good? Yes. But for I'd strongly recommend you ignore the age rating and don't allow anyone under 18 to watch it.
For those who are interested in a fuller review, read on: (Don't worry, no spoilers here).
Director Renny Harlin is often dismissed as a hack by critics, but let's not forget he's directed some of the most exciting action pics ever made, including the terrific 'Die-Hard 2' and the astounding 'The Long Kiss Goodnight'. However, he's prone to inconsistency, and even those films had their flawed moments, including a cringe-worthy syrupy ending tagged onto the back of Die Hard 2. He also directed the disappointing 'Cleaner' and the god-awful 'Driven'.
So it's a relief to say that this is his best film in 10 years.
The opening is terrifying - the kind of visceral gut-punch that started 'Scream', and Rupert Friend does a great job of portraying a war reporter who has conquered his trauma externally, but still carries the scars in his heart.
Dragging himself and loyal buddy cameraman Sebastian back into the firing line, they set off for Georgia to document the rumblings about a possible Russian invasion, but before they can even get into the supposed danger zone, all hell breaks loose and they find themselves roped into helping a local girl find her family, for reasons personal and professional. They end up in a small rural town, and one war atrocity captured on camera later they're on the run from an army of mercenaries sponsored by the Russian military intent on stopping the footage from getting out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars carefull
I watched this last night 24/04/14 .The Russians are at it again.bullying their way around.not a bad film ,a bit one sided perhaps.
Published 3 months ago by james berry
3.0 out of 5 stars Come and See, the pop video
an extraordinary piece of film-making - if only because you have to wonder exactly what they thought were doing with this. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ILYA
5.0 out of 5 stars my review of a film
This is a great film, combining action, with a little romance. good tension, an interesting story based upon true events. Read more
Published 12 months ago by MR A J DONNE
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsung HERO - AWESOME FILM
Underated? Never heard of it? Me neither - but its a great great film
Cost $12Million to make grossed 400K at box office. Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. C. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 days of war
yeh a really good film , had my doubts at first but was suprised , good action full of genuine U S vehicles ? the effects were good . Read more
Published 20 months ago by BOOTS N BRACES 80
3.0 out of 5 stars A fast-moving story of war based on SOME fact?
The 2008 war between Georgia,(I suppose it's best to refer to it as an Independent Country near Russia)and Russia itself began over no-one really knows what? Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars A little Gem
I really enjoyed this movie; it is based on factual events and offers up information on the conflict that the few television news (and print media) failed to air. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2011 by Andrew Masters
1.0 out of 5 stars Meretricious, mendacious war-porn
This is a thoroughly bad film, for a number of reasons.

First and most important is its dishonesty, which would make Ananias blench with embarrassment. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2011 by J. D. Salt
3.0 out of 5 stars five days of war
product was ok after i found a player that would play region 5 videos...i did not know this before i made the purchase...would be nice if this was made known before hand.. Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2011 by marcus a sudberry jr.
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
If your a Val Kilmer fan then you will be disappointed his role is really just a cameo appearance and is not in it much. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by C. J. P
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