Summary: As one might expect from the intended subject matter and the infamous tag “Based on actual events”, critics were somewhat harsh on this movie. In fact, some organizations have called this film a giant piece of Georgian propaganda. It doesn’t help the film when the ending has a bunch of Georgian people with photographs talking about the loved ones they lost as a result of the five day war.
Conclusion: '5 Days of War' is a decent action film that can't quite find the right balance between historical accuracy and dramatic conventions. Despite its low budget, the numerous set pieces are solid but several formulaic characters and plot developments hold back a potentially effective retelling of a recent real-world conflict. Video and audio quality are great, providing near demo worthy material.
Summary: Welcome to Cold War: The Sequel. 5 Days of War is Director Renny Harlin's bold attempt to make a substantive Action movie. The Die Hard 2: Die Harder and Cliffhanger director, as those titles suggest, is best known for crafting visual thrill rides that dazzle with spectacular action and big-budget special effects.
Excerpt: Although the complexities are too numerous to go into here, the 2008 Russo-Georgian War (also known as the South Ossetia war) stemmed from an earlier encounter between ethnic Georgians and Ossetians in the early 1990s. Because of the location, that left South Ossetia under a government backed by the Russians.
Excerpt: While as an action movie, 5 Days Of War is rote and cliché-riddled, as an act of pop-culture warfare, it’s downright fascinating, an answering salvo in a battle that’s moved from the disputed Caucasus territory of South Ossetia into the realm of schlocky feature films. A few months after 2008’s Russo-Georgian War, Russia released a documentary online purporting to tell the suppressed truth about Georgia’s culpability in the conflict.