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In "Five Days Of War," director Renny Harlin shows us a very different side of himself. Most view him as a poster child for the excess of nineties-era action films, as the architect behind "Die Hard 2," "The Long Kiss Goodnight" and "Cliffhanger." But few realized he would ever be interested in turning an eye towards the real life tragedy of the Russo-Georgia War, a five day conflict where the world sat by and watched as one much more powerful country inhabited the other, reigning bloodshed on the people of Georgia in an attempted regional takeover. »
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One of the great glories of cinema is that it has the power to take the mundane and make it magical. To most of us, car parks signify a world of pain, where fearsome red-and-white crash barriers dictate our fate and where finding a space is often like finding meaning in the collective works of Martin Lawrence. To others, they meant lost Saturday afternoons spent waiting for your mum to finally come out of Woolworths so you could rush home to catch Terrahawks. Either way, car parks are grey and dull. In the movies, however, they are fantastic places, filled with high-level espionage, high-octane chases and Willem Dafoe going down on Madonna. Here are five car park sequences worth reserving a permanent bay for …
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ID:a Trailer. Christian E. Christiansen‘s ID:a (2011) movie trailer stars Tuva Novotny, Carsten Bjørnlund, Jens Jørn Spottag, Joe Toedtling, and Simon van Lammeren. ID:a‘s plot synopsis: “Aliena wakes up in a river in France with no memory, a bag with 2 million Euro and a scar across her chest. She soon discovers that she is being stalked by mysterious men. Realizing that her accent is Danish she decides to go to Denmark and find out who she is. Aliena gradually learns that her past life was more complicated than she first thought. She is wrapped into a web of conflicting stories from her loved ones, trying to navigate her way to the truth. ID:a is a gripping and intense story with a human resonate, set in dark overgrown gardens, dollhouse-like interiors and streets with noir touch.”
Release Date: Nov. 29, 2011
Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Anchor Bay
Rupert Friend lives to see another day--for now--in 5 Days of War.
Based on true events, the action-filled movie 5 Days of War tells the story of a group of people caught behind enemy lines during 2008’s devastating five-day war between Russia and the Georgia Republic.
Directed by Renny Harlin (The Long Kiss Goodnight), the film centers around an American journalist (Rupert Friend, The Young Victoria) and his cameraman (Richard Coyle, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) as they are caught in the combat zone during the first Russian air strikes against Georgia. Rescuing Georgian schoolteacher Tatia (Emmanuelle Chriqui, Women in Trouble) from the attack, the two reporters agree to help reunite her with her family 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. »
John Singleton got off to a remarkable start with his directorial debut, Boyz N the Hood, one of the freshest movies about African-American ghetto life and social responsibility. I'll never forget seeing him sitting in the row behind me at its world premiere, an afternoon press screening at Cannes in 1991, where, flanked by Quincy Jones on his right and Spike Lee on his left, he rose shyly to his feet and took off his baseball cap to acknowledge the standing ovation. He's never made anything of comparable quality, and his latest, an espionage thriller, is an efficient, anonymous movie. Abduction takes a subject made familiar by Arthur Penn's Target, Renny Harlin's The Long Kiss Goodnight and Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids: the discovery by children that apparently conventional suburban parents are in fact deadly Us government agents who have been keeping a low profile.
The boy in »
- Philip French
Hollywood loves a big, scary beast, but what about super-sizing the humble human? Clip joint looks up magic mega-moments
Tinseltown has been convincingly developing the magnificence of the mighty in the animal kingdom for decades. A simple shift in perspective transformed King Kong (1933) from a large ape into a monster. Similarly the terror in Tremors (1990) lies not in the idea that we're being chased by sand worms, but that they're half-a-mile long.
Hollywood likes to super-size, to make things larger than life, but when it comes to clumsy old humanity it's much harder to make size scary. The Amazing Colossal Man (1957) looked corny, Allison Hayes's 50ft Woman looked bored, even on the attack. Jason and The Argonauts's (1963) bronze behemoth Talos had the stuff, but he was technically an automaton.
Human giants are smaller, sillier and far less malevolent. Their stomping ground is the cartoon or the gentle family comedy. »
- Henry Barnes
Renny Harlin still knows how to blow stuff up real good. He's always been less a popcorn filmmaker than a Cracker Jack entertainer, rarely content to leave a scene alone without adding unnecessary ingredients to sweeten and / or salt the deal. It delivered him from sequel hell in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, which led to the big-budget insanity of Die Hard 2. It helped him survive The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and Cutthroat Island, so that they recede into indistinct memory as the cheesy, indulgent, thrilling excesses of Cliffhanger and The Long Kiss Goodnight and Deep Blue Sea are remembered more fondly. Over the last decade, however, Harlin's track record has become more suspect, even for those with a »
Inspired by the real events of the devastating five-day war between Russia and Georgia in 2008, 5 Days of War is an action-packed thriller that centers around an American journalist, named Thomas Anders (Rupert Friend), and his cameraman, who are caught in the combat zone after rescuing a young woman (Emmanuelle Chriqui) from the aftermath of the first Russian airstrikes against Georgia. As the three attempt to escape to safety, they happen to record the cold-blooded murder of innocent civilians, which they desperately want to broadcast for the world, in order to get the truth out. Recently director Renny Harlin spoke with us about how there was only a blueprint for the script when he became interested in the project, and that telling the story from a journalist’s point of view offered the best way to make it relatable. He also talked about how emotional the experience of actually filming in »
- Christina Radish
Chicago – In our latest action/war drama edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 25 admit-two run-of-engagement movie passes up for grabs to the new film “5 Days of War” with Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia and Rupert Friend!
The film opens in Chicago on Sept. 2, 2011. “5 Days of War,” which is based on actual events, also stars Heather Graham, Dean Cain, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Richard Coyle, Mikko Nousiainen, Antje Traue, Rade Serbedzija, Mikheil Gomiashvili, Johnathon Schaech and Anna Walton from director Renny Harlin and writer Mikko Alanne based on the screenplay by David Battle.
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The story will focus on Samantha’s (Geena Davis) now young agult daughter Caitlin who teams up with Samuel L. Jackson’s character Mitch to seek revenge on the people who take her mother’s life. [Source: Film School Rejects]
Oppenheim is a former "Today" show producer whose script "Jackie O" has generated a lot of buzz. [Source: Deadline]
Karl Gadjusek ("Trespass," "Oblivion") has signed on »
- Garth Franklin
If there’s one film in Renny Harlin‘s less-than-stellar career that would earn the highest praise, it would be The Long Kiss Goodnight. That praise essentially boils down to “it’s okay, I guess,” but the script by Shane Black undoubtedly lifts the whole thing to a level that makes it better than just about anything else Harlin has made.
That makes his desire to follow the movie up with a sequel somewhat understandable, and he actually seems pretty intent on making it. FilmSchoolRejects recently talked to the director, who said that his experience directing an episode of Burn Notice has led to the film landing a screenwriter, and that is series writer and producer Ben Watkins. He says that Watkins “turned out to be a giant fan of [The Long Kiss Goodnight],” which led to them deciding “to do it together.”
The plot will follow the daughter of Geena Davis‘ character from the first, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Talk of a sequel to The Long Kiss Goodnight has been openly floating around since at least 2007, and this Summer, Samuel L. Jackson again confirmed that he was up to the task. Jackson claiming to be in development is something that happens twice a day, but I recently spoke with director Renny Harlin for Reject Radio, and he confirmed that he wasn’t just twiddling his thumbs about it. He’s hired a writer to pen the script. “I just came back from Miami where I directed an episode of Burn Notice. I really like that series so I went to go and direct an episode, and the writer of the episode was Ben Watkins who is one of the producers of the show. I’d read quite a bit of his stuff, and he turned out to be a giant fan of [The Long Kiss Goodnight] so we started talking, and we decided we’re going to do it together »
- Cole Abaius
Character actor G.D. Spradlin has died at his home in California at the age of 90.
Spradlin, who was famed for playing authority figures, passed away of natural causes at his ranch in San Luis Obispo on Sunday, according to his grandson.
Starting his career as a lawyer, before working as an independent oil producer, Spradlin didn't start acting until he was in his 40s, when producer Fred Roos cast him in TV shows I Spy and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
He is survived by his wife, Frances, two daughters and five grandchildren. »
If you’ve ever idly wondered what would happen if you took the character of Lisbeth Salander out of the Millennium mystery movies, and stuck her in a high-kicking action thriller instead, Steven Soderbergh’s forthcoming Haywire may provide the answer.
A classy-looking vehicle for former Mma star Gina Carano, and an unexpected change of pace for Soderbergh, Haywire looks very much like a revenge thriller in the mould of The Long Kiss Goodnight, or one of those Bourne films. Carano stars as some sort of indestructible black ops commando who’s betrayed by the film’s male cast, who are then systematically beaten to a pulp for the next couple of hours. Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender are among the gentlemen who end up on the wrong »
Sherlock is repeated, but you're mainly going to have to make do with lots of films in this week's UK TV preview...
TV addicts and aficionados take note that, outside of a slew of good and great films, this week's UK schedule is nearly devoid of new programming on popular channels.
In fact, the only show worth mentioning that we could find is a repeat. Can that one show carry the weight of the waiting and watching couch occupiers across the UK?
It can when it's Sherlock! BBC1 will repeat the excellent series that starred Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, and despite their obvious talents, probably played a role in bringing the two to a more worldwide audience in the eagerly awaited forthcoming The Hobbit film.
We couldn't say enough about how good this new production of the sleuthing pair was, and what a fantastic revelation was to be found »
We're almost completely dependent on the BBC for new programming heading our way this week. But Channel 4 brings us a return of a series midstream, with episode 13 of season 4 of The Big Bang Theory. Although the nasal whining can get a bit much at times, there's lots of geeky goodness to be found in the show, with guaranteed references to games, shows and films we know well and love. We have a Lazy Geek's Guide here that may help you decide if it's worth the couch commitment, and The Love Car Displacement episode airs tonight, Friday July 8th, at 11:05pm.
It looks like the popularity of X-Men: First Class and Mad Men, among others, has firmly established our recent enjoyment of period drama, »
Today we have a brand new trailer for "5 Days of War" film, starring Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rupert Friend, Richard Coyle. Check it out below. Plot: A drama set centered around the war between Russia and Georgia, and focused on an American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native who become caught in the crossfire. The new movie is directed by Renny Harlin (The Long Kiss Goodnight, Die Hard 2) and is set to get a limited theatrical release on August 19th. Trailer: If you cannot see the player, click here. »
"The first casualty of war is innocence. Oops, the truth. I meant the first casualty of war is always the truth." Here's the first trailer for Renny Harlin's 5 Days of War, which covers people trying to cover the war that broke out between Russia and Georgia in 2008. Serious topics aren't exactly in the director's wheelhouse; he's best known for sequels (Die Hard 2, Nightmare on Elm St. 4) and the occasionally effective action movie (The Long Kiss Goodnight, Cliffhanger). So I've been interested to see what comes of this slightly more serious project since it was announced  in 2009. Harlin's facility with action is certainly on display in this trailer, and I can't really tell whether or not to have any expectations beyond that. Check it out below and make your own call. As previously reported, this one stars  Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Richard Coyle, Andy Garcia, and Val Kilmer. The footage looks slick, »
- Russ Fischer
Although I risk losing what’s left of my credibility with this statement, I actually enjoy Renny Harlin’s cinematic output. They’re not necessarily good movies, mind you, but they’re entertaining nonetheless. He’s like the poor man’s Michael Bay: all of his movies employ style over substance, and even when they’re utterly moronic, there’s always something there to keep you watching until the very end. To this day, I’m more than willing to pimp “The Long Kiss Goodnight” to those unfortunate souls who’ve yet to experience its stupidity for themselves. Harlin’s next effort, the upcoming action flick “5 Days of War”, looks just as silly as his previous efforts. The Us trailer has finally arrived, and you can find it lurking suspiciously below these words. Plot-wise, here’s what you can expect from the film: In this intensely human portrayal of courage under fire, »
- Todd Rigney
I recently had an opportunity to speak with Renny Harlin, the director of such well-loved action films as Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger and The Long Kiss Good Night. We spoke primarily about his new film, 5 Days of War (see our review here), a film of which he is justly very proud and I found him to be enthusiastic, good-natured, sincere and passionate.
Here is what we discussed:-
Dave Roper: Firstly, congratulations on 5 Days of War, I think it’s an excellent and powerful film. It portrays a conflict that many will be unfamiliar with. How did you come to the project in the first place?
Renny Harlin: I was looking for a topic after making so many popcorn movies, I was really searching for something that would resonate with me more. I had been working on another historical project that didn’t come together in terms of the financing »
- Dave Roper
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