5 Days Of War
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A veteran war journalist documents atrocities in the crossfire between Georgian and Russian forces, and finds that releasing the footage, given the overwhelming lack of interest from news networks, is equally as challenging as physical survival.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
5 DAYS OF WAR is a war movie based on actual events (surprise, surprise) that is trying to focus mostly on the reporters covering the war than the actual war itself. I can see the angle that theyíre trying to pull off with the film (the whole we only know whatís going on in the world because of these reporters risking their lives) and I can see why theyíre trying to do it, but the film isnít put together very well. I got excited right off the bat, when Heather Graham appears in the film and the thought ĒI didnít know she was in this!Ē immediately runs through my head. However, her presence in the film is short lived and she lasts for no more than 5 minutes.
Rubert Friend plays the character Thomas Anders, who is trying to report on a war that has broken out in the country of Georgia. His character is supposed to be grieving, but heís seemingly supposed to be intelligent and a real go-getter war reporter. At least I think heís supposed to be grievingÖ he seems like he wants to be broody or something, but somehow thinks that being monotone will convey that. Everyone else, for the most part, brings life to their roles, but Friend just draws away from what everyone else is putting into the film.
After all of this build-up to the film being about war reporters and what they risk to keep us informed about whatís going on in the world, 5 DAYS OF WAR takes this weird turn into a love story. Thereís nothing wrong with adding in a love story, but in this case, the focus of the film shifts from the reporters and their work to the blossoming relationship. While the film is just under 2-hours long, it felt like a much longer film. Every time that I thought 5 DAYS OF WAR was at its end, things start up again and just dragged at times.
One final thing that Iíll say about the film (and unfortunately not in its favour) is that the music was freaking terrible. It was one of those times when the music was almost so distracting that I couldnít focus on the film itself. It just didnít seem to go with anything that was happening in the film and really took you out of the moment.
The special features for 5 DAYS OF WAR arenít really much to write home about. First off, weíre got your standard Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Renny Harlin, which is you know, a commentary. Then weíve got a batch of Deleted Scenes. Now Iíve seen some really pitiful Deleted Scenes in my day and while this feature isnít just one cut scene or something, itís kind of worse. This features goes on for quite a while and none of it was even remotely worth keeping in the film. At one point, weíre just looking at various shots of a shirtless Rubert Friend while he spokes a cigarette. And then they add in an additional scene of that exact same thing but from a different angle.
5 DAYS OF WAR might be worth a quick rental, but other than that, itís not really Blu-ray collectorís material. The special features are meh and almost non-existent and the movie itself is mediocre at best. There are a couple decent performances and cameo appearances worth checking out (Andy Garcia, Val Kilmer and the previously mentioned Heather Graham), but they definitely donít make the film into something you need to own or watch more than once.