5 Days of War
Can you withstand a volley of pulpy war clichés?
By: Don Morton | Sep 29, 2011 | Issue: 914 | No Comments | 2,215 views

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Title in Japan: 5 Days of War
Director: Renny Harlin
Starring: Rupert Guest, Val Kilmer, Heather Graham
Year: 2011
Country: USA
Running Time: 112 min

Pulpy war-cliché movie about the brief 2008 flare-up between Georgia and Russia that, according to this flick, the world ignored because it was so engrossed in the Beijing Olympics. Right. It starts out promising, with a stirring ambush scene in Iraq, but this is a Renny Harlin movie, and in the once-effective action director’s quest for clearly defined villains and heroes, he abandons objectivity and treats the complex conflict with insulting simplicity. There’s something deeply repugnant about turning real-life horrors into blow-stuff-up popcorn entertainment. Unforgivably tasteless coda.

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