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5 Days of War (2011)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  6 June 2011 (Georgia)
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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.

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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.

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Their only weapon is the truth.

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Action | Drama | War

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Rated R for strong bloody war violence and atrocities, and for pervasive language. | See all certifications »

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6 June 2011 (Georgia)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,254 (USA) (19 August 2011)

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$17,149 (USA) (9 September 2011)
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The Georgian military supplied ground force, armored vehicles, weapons and helicopters for use in the film. This allowed many battle scenes and crowd formations to be staged without the need to expand or supplement them digitally. See more »

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News announcer quotes Vladimir Putin that "the loss Georgia was a major geopolitical tragedy of the twentieth century" (apparently meaning the South Ossetian War 1991-92). Putin has never said that. In fact, in 2005 he referred to collapse of the Soviet Union the main geopolitical tragedy of the twentieth-century. See more »

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Russia-Georgia War had been brewing since World War I
1 January 2012 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Renny Harlin has long been one of the purveyors of brainless action flicks, so for him to direct a historical movie sounds suspect. "5 Days of War", about the Russia-Georgia War of August 2008, is OK but would be better had it looked at the roots of the war. The focus is an American reporter (Rupert Friend) covering the war, and how everyone in the region feels as if the world has abandoned them like it did Rwanda.

What I learned about the roots of the five-day war -- and I heard this from a Russian, so there's bound to be some bias in favor of that side -- is that it goes back to World War I, specifically the Armenian Genocide. When the Ottoman army started massacring the Armenians, the rest of the people in the Caucasus thought that they all might be next, so they turned to Russia for help. They all of course became part of the Soviet Union (probably against their will). When Georgia became an independent country, Abkhazia and South Ossetia wanted independence from Georgia, but Georgia's government refused, so Abkhazia started waging its own war for independence. Georgia's government responded brutally, and it got to the point where Russia invaded Georgia (although Russia's response was clearly pretty excessive). The movie is definitely pro-Georgia.

While this is the story that I heard, I figure that to the people in the battlegrounds, there was no difference between the Georgian and Russian armies. As "Catch-22" noted, anyone with a gun is the enemy. Andy Garcia is pretty good as Mikhail Saakashvili, although I'd always thought that Bob Hoskins looks the most like the Georgian president. As it was, a number of Americans, upon hearing that Russia invaded Georgia, thought that Russia had invaded the US state. Despite the hostilities between the two countries, a Russian and Georgian athlete stood next to each other after winning medals at the Beijing Olympics, which were taking place at the same time. While I was in Sochi, Russia, I got to taste the Georgian dishes lobio and khachapuri (Georgian food is to Russia what Mexican food is to the US).

Anyway, an OK movie, but nothing that I would highly recommend.


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