Photojournalism has often been regarded as one of the more exciting branches of the fourth estate, and if you want to see that for yourself, then it’s a good idea to check out Five Days Of War, a copy of which the folks out at Anchor Bay sent us for review. You’ll be able to get this one Tuesday, and you’ll want to see it when it hits.
Five Days Of War takes us back to 2008′s brief, sharp war between Russia and Georgia. And a group of journalists are out in the midst of the combat, filming and doing what they can to get the story. They even manage to save a school teacher caught in the middle of the horror. Things only get worse the farther in they get, and they’re recording every last scrap of it. And this diligence has drawn the attention of the various parties involved in the fighting, who want desperately to suppress the news, because when you’re fighting a war the last thing you want is CNN or the like to start screaming “war crimes”. But there’s a problem–the Beijing Olympics is going on right at the same time, so the networks are shorthanded. And that means the footage that our reporters are risking their lives for may never get out in the first place.
Part commentary on the media industry and part commentary on war, the commentaries do have a tendency to get a bit heavy-handed, but they’re going to be packaged in the midst of so much straight-up action that it’s going to be hard not to be engrossed by what you’re seeing here. If you ever wanted to see a combination of action and drama done right, look right here. The best part is it’s even going to offer a few–a very few–laughs along the way serving as a way to break up some of the tension, which is a nice bonus. You run constant tension and it stops being entertaining and starts being just plain old grueling. And Five Days Of War does an excellent job of breaking up its tension occasionally enough to where you get the full effect of it without it being too much of a strain on you.
It’s a top-notch experience that delivers up a whole lot, and is going to be hard to watch in a few places, but at the same time, will put on one impressive show for a great many reasons. If you ever wished your action movies had a bit more substance to them, or if you just want a kind-of-realistic account of war journalists, then you’ll definitely want to have a look at Five Days Of War.
The Screenhead Ten Scale gives Five Days Of War an eight out of ten–it’s going to be loud, violent, and bloodsoaked, but one thing it will not be short on is pure substance.