5 Days of War

(R) ★★☆☆☆

The public seems to be sick of war movies, especially when they’re as much of a mixed bag as 5 Days of War, a hell-on-earth thriller that makes valiant gestures toward geopolitical savvy but gets bushwhacked by director Renny Harlin’s weakness for the Rambo-esque. Set during the brief, brutal 2008 flare-up between Russia and Georgia, the drama has some exhilarating moments, but they’re dampened by concessions to overly theatrical dialogue and inadvertently comic slow-mo.

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