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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By Melissa Lafsky, The New York Observer

Scary movies can get away with breaking promises to their audience. They can resurrect exhausted clichés (creepy old houses packed with things bumping in the night) and they can even toss in stale character archetypes (the clueless father, the precocious child who sees things adults don’t). But one crime even the best horror can’t get away with is presenting characters so stupid that we lose all interest in whether they live or die. Which is the heart of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.



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