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Action director Renny Harlin ("Cliffhanger," "Deep Blue Sea") unveiled his take on 2008's five-day war between Russia and Georgia, "5 Days of War," last night in New York with some of the film's cast in tow. Pictured above from left to right: Harlin, and two of the film's stars Emmanuelle Chriqui and Andy Garcia. Harlin referred to the international thriller as a "passion project" and thanked his cast and crew »
In 2008, the world turned its back as Russia declared war on the neighboring region of Georgia. For five days, the vastly superior Russian forces descended on destitute Georgian villages, separating families, causing massive property damage and driving a fractured country into further disrepair, of which the area has yet to recover. For all intents and purposes, Renny Harlin’s “5 Days Of War” should not exist. And yet it does, not only as a war picture that emphasizes the ugliness of this conflict, but as a document of a dark moment in world politics, when women and children were under… »
Title: 5 Days of War Directed By: Renny Harlin Written By: Mikko Alanne, David Battle Cast: Rupert Friend, Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Dean Cain, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Heather Graham Screened at: NYC, 7/5/11 Opens: August 19, 2011 This is a dramatized coverage of the year 2008 five-day war between Russia and Georgia over the disputed province of South Ossetia—which had broken away from Georgia and declared an unrecognized independence. Finnish Director Renny Harlin (“Die Hard 2,” “Cliffhanger”) exploits this principal theme of scriptwriters Mikko Alanne and David Battle: a journalist covering the war is determined to get out photos showing Russian brutality to the world. The photos did, in fact, get »
- Brian Corder
Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, 12 Rounds) is not the first director -- or the second or third or heck, the 20th -- you'd expect to direct a serious movie about a recent political conflict that resulted in numerous human rights violations, civilian deaths, and tenuous relations between Russia and neighboring Georgia. But that's just what the genre veteran did in the Aug. 19 pic 5 Days of War, telling The New York Times he "wanted to shift to films that he said would 'allow me to look at myself in the mirror' in the morning." Congrats, Renny! You're that much closer to making up for Cutthroat Island. [Nyt] »
Finnish filmmaker Renny Harlin is known for providing some of the more entertaining action flicks that the '90s had to offer (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, Deep Blue Sea), but his career has been on a bit of a nosedive ever since then, giving us stinkers like Driven, Exorcist: The Beginning and The Covenant. After an attempt to return to his glory days with 12 Rounds, he is now trying to re-invent himself by directing a "serious" drama based on a true story. Of course, it also happens to be a drama with quite a few explosions in it. 5 Days of War is based on the true story of an American journalist who was caught in the sudden war between Russia and Georgia that broke out in August of 2008. Watching this trailer, it's not really presented in a way that makes it feel like real events. The quality of the acting »
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 5 Days of War Trailer has premiered. Renny Harlin‘s 5 Days of War (2011) movie trailer stars Rupert Friend, Andy García, Val Kilmer, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Heather Graham. 5 Days of War’s plot synopsis (possible spoilers): “The film starts with a brief scene in Iraq where the Georgian contingent of the coalition forces saves the life of an American reporter Thomas Anders. After Anders loses one of his colleagues in Iraq, he returns to Los Angeles but soon goes to Georgia on the advice of some of his friends in Tbilisi, who suspect that a large conflict is brewing. He, along with his cameraman Sebastian Ganz, delve deeper into Georgian life as conflict escalates and they get caught in the crossfire when an air raid strikes a local wedding they stumble upon. With the help of a Georgian soldier who saved them in Iraq, their mission becomes to get their »
"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
Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2) has made some entertaining action films during his directing career. Here's the trailer for his new film 5 Days Of War, which certainly looks like an exciting action-filled thriller. The cast includes Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Andy Garcia, Richard Coyle and Val Kilmer. In this intensely human portrayal of courage under fire, acclaimed director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger) combines heart pounding action with real human drama, as he tells the riveting story of a war reporter caught behind enemy lines during the 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia. As a nation fights for its very survival, a brave and passionate coalition of international reporters and local Georgians risk their lives to tell the true human cost of military conflict. »
The first official poster has been released for the war biopic 5 Days of War, starring Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia and Rupert Friend. This title will release August 19th and the film covers the Georgian Civil War. Shot in Georgia, the promotional material for 5 Days War is quite graphic, as the civil war brings atrocities to the fighter's doorsteps. Enjoy this early preview of the film, with 5 Days of War set to heat up the 2011 summer releases.
The synopsis for 5 Days of War:
"The film starts with a brief scene in Iraq where the Georgian contingent of the coalition forces saves the life of an American reporter Thomas Anders. After Anders loses one of his colleagues in Iraq, he returns to Los Angeles but soon goes to Georgia on the advice of some of his friends in Tbilisi, who suspect that a large conflict is brewing. He, along with his cameraman Sebastian Ganz, »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
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
With his latest movie 5 Days Of War out now on DVD and Blu-ray, Luke caught up with director Renny Harlin to chat about his long career in filmmaking…
They say the three time’s the charm. But when you're interviewing Renny Harlin, the second time's not too bad either.
The first time round, he was relaxed, engaging, and made 30 minutes seem like two very quick ones - an interviewer's dream. Especially one doing his first gig for this site, and praying to God that the tape worked okay.
And it's the same story here. This is 20 minutes, Roadrunner-style. They go too fast, leaving me wanting another 20 just to make a proper dent in the vast scribble of questions I have. Especially that one about A Sound Of Thunder.
Harlin is doing the promotional thing for his latest film, 5 Days Of War, a based-on-real-events story of journalists caught in the crossfire »
After he is rescued by Georgian forces from an ambush while reporting on the Iraq war, Us journalist Thomas Anders (Rupert Friend) hears of a developing conflict in the former Soviet state of Georgia. He heads there with a cameraman friend Sebastian Ganz (Richard Coyle), where they find a complicated and tragic situation developing. After filming a shocking and barbaric execution, they find themselves battling against Russian military might and worldwide apathy in their efforts to get the news to the world at large.
As the world sat glued to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a matter of far greater import was unfolding in Georgia, but few of us knew and even fewer cared. Having gained its independence from Russia following the collapse of the Soviet bloc, Georgia found itself essentially being invaded once again, following the expressed desire by two republics of Georgia (South Ossetia and Abkhazia) to separate and rejoin Russia. »
- Dave Roper
"With his Bud Cort haircut and morbid sensibility, Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) is too smart for Swansea, Wales, an industrial city mired in some seriously mid-80s Thatcherite doldrums," begins Vadim Rizov at GreenCine Daily. "The trouble with Oliver is that he knows he's clever, which could justify anything: surreptitiously monitoring his parents' sex life, taunting an overweight girl to make local cutie Jordana (Yasmin Paige) notice him as a real livewire, or trying to trash the house of downhill neighbor Graham Purvis (Paddy Considine) who may be having an affair with mom (Sally Hawkins). Fortunately, Submarine, Richard Ayoade's feature debut, is aware of Oliver's self-justifying nature and the ways it could warp him…. Acutely aware of the long tradition of films about disaffected young men coming to terms with themselves, Ayoade doesn't duck the precedent: instead, like Oliver…, he nods to seemingly every single precursor. There's a 400 Blows-quoting dash across the beach, »
Photo: RopeofSilicon.com // Brad Brevet Al trip to the Cannes Film Festival wouldn't be complete without offering you a look around the sights, and I will begin this year's tour with a look at the marketing to be found along the Croisette.
First let me point out the picture above, which is the new facade to the Palais des Festivals of which I will be getting a panoramic shot of like I did last year. Now let's get to the posters and banners around the Croisette.
Photo: RopeofSilicon.com // Brad Brevet The Carlton hotel is always decked out and where there was marketing for The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader last year, there is now a large promotion for Cowboys and Aliens, which arrives July 29 and stars Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford and Sam Rockwell.
Photo: RopeofSilicon.com // Brad Brevet Here's a look at the rest of the promotion. »
- Brad Brevet
Starring Tom Cruise (Knight and Day), Val Kilmer (Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans) and Kelly McGillis (At First Sight), the 1986 film, which gave us the “need for speed,” will celebrate its birthday in 150 theaters in 52 markets.
Showings will be at 12:30pm on Saturday April 30 and 7pm on Monday May 2 in Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Quebec and Texas, among other areas. AMC has set up a special page for Top Gun screening tickets.
All attendees will receive a full-sized 25th anniversary Top Gun poster, while supplies last, according to Paramount.
And, at each screening, a copy of the new Blu-ray/DVD combo, which debuts on May 10, will be given away.
The Blu-ray/DVD pack »
We all agree that the planet is in a perilous position. But what is the best way to save it? We name the 20 activists, filmmakers, writers, politicians and celebrities who will be setting the global environmental agenda in the coming year
From David Attenborough to Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Town movement, the Observer Ethical Awards has honoured many movers and shakers in ecological and social justice. So it seems fitting to launch our sixth awards by profiling the 20 global figures who'll exert influence in 2011. For those on our list, the coming year might best be described as "take your partners" time, as activists and corporates scramble for power – and we're predicting some unlikely marriages ahead. Commentators have noted that big business is taking an unprecedented interest in the environment and are pushing for conservation capitalism. The really big decisions from the climate-change conference in Cancun have effectively been »
- Lucy Siegle
Director: Gregg Araki
Summary: Smith's everyday life in the dorm - hanging out with his arty, sarcastic best friend Stella, hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London, lusting for his gorgeous but dim surfer roommate Thor - all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night.
Analysis: A year after "Thelma and Louise" came "The Living End", an independent film which had a similar premise but made the protagonists two gay HIV+ men. It was raw, intense and signalled the arrival of a new talent in the form of filmmaker Gregg Araki. In the subsequent two decades, he's delivered several trippy films involving young, good-looking omnisexual people having lots of graphic sex and dealing with some wacky cobbled together plot shenanigans.
- Garth Franklin
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