In 2007, during the Iraq War, a Georgian contingent of the coalition forces saves the life of American reporter Thomas Anders (Rupert Friend), although one of his colleagues (Heather Graham) is killed in the process. One year later, in 2008, he returns to Los Angeles, California but soon goes to Georgia on the advice of some of his friends in Tbilisi, who suspect that a large conflict is brewing. He, along with his cameraman Sebastian Ganz (Richard Coyle), delve deeper into Georgian life as conflict escalates and they get caught in the crossfire when an air raid strikes a local wedding they stumble upon. With members of the wedding party (Emmanuelle Chriqui), and the help of a Georgian soldier (Johnathon Schaech) who had earlier saved them in Iraq, their mission becomes getting their footage of an atrocity by Russian irregulars out of the country. But they find themselves faced with international apathy due to the opening of the 2008 Olympic Games. Their flight leads them to the Battle of Gori. The film ends with a long series of testimonials from Georgian citizens who lost family members during the conflict.
5 Days of War (2011)
Director: Renny Harlin
Writer: Mikko Alanne
Cast: Rupert Friend, Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Dean Cain, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Heather Graham, Mikko Nousiainen, Richard Coyle, Antje Traue, Rade Šerbedžija, Mikheil Gomiashvili, Johnathon Schaech, Anna Walton
Rupert’s screencaps from this movie are available in the Gallery (not in a great quality sorry). Click on this link to access. Some promotional photos of this film are also uploaded and available via this link.
5 Days of war is about the war between Georgia and Russia, with Val Kilmer and Andy Garcia, is high-octane action. I’m an American journalist, war correspondent, who is accused of espionage and has to publish the truth to the public before being killed. Basically I studied a lot about the armed conflict in Russia, I investigated the journalist who reinvented the genre showing his emotions through the texts. Besides being in Georgia filming, it was a great experience and a great learning.
Rupert Friend for quien.com
[What was it about British actor Rupert Friend that made him your first choice to play an America journalist?] That’s a good question. I met a lot of actors for all these parts. In terms of the main character, who is an American journalist, I just couldn’t find anybody that I felt was suitable. Rupert was a mixture of being a great actor and being a known face from various previous movies, but at the same time, being somebody who isn’t a big household star. That was important to me because I didn’t want to give away what was going to happen in our story. I like casting surprisingly, and I like placing actors in different roles that don’t turn out to be exactly what the audience expects. I’ve done that with actors like Samuel L. Jackson in Deep Blue Sea, and I wanted to do that with this film too. I think it’s important, when you’re trying to really get the audience involved, is to keep them guessing and not give them the safety net of knowing exactly who’s going to survive and how the different relationship are going to evolve.
Renny Harlin, film’s director, for collider.com
Georgia is a film about the conflict that Georgia had with Russia last August. I play an American war correspondent who gets word that something is kicking off, and he goes over with his camera man to cover it and witnesses a civilian execution by some militia men in a village, and he captures it on film. They get captured and accused of being spies. That’s the story.
Rupert for collider.com
So, did you see this movie? Thoughts?? I love this genre, and it was refreshing to see a film based on an event I didn’t know at all. In addition, it’s always a pleasure to see Rupert in a role where his character’s feelings play an important part. At first I had some trouble getting into action, but as the film progresses and the action unfolds, everything seems to improve to a very satisfactory final in my view.