5 Days of War | Chicago Reader

5 Days of War

Rated R 113 minutes 2011

Well after his star has faded, Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger) continues to demonstrate the talents that made him a successful action director in the early 90s: his violent set pieces speed forward with sleek momentum and his sadistic imagination can make for some vividly exaggerated bad guys. But it almost goes without saying that Harlin is the wrong man to direct a docudrama about the Russia-Georgian conflict of 2008, which displaced tens of thousands of people and left hundreds of others dead. Lacking political insight or sympathy for real people (as opposed to action-movie types), Harlin can offer little more than tasteless spectacle. With Rupert Friend as an American journalist who dodges lots of bullets, Andy Garcia as Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili (yes, really), and Val Kilmer as another journalist who compares war to a toothless prostitute.

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Director: Renny Harlin

Cast: Rupert Friend, Richard Coyle, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Val Kilmer, Dean Cain, Andy Garcia, Heather Graham, Mikko Nousiainen, Antje Traue, Rade Serbedzija, Johnathon Schaech and Anna Walton

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