Finnish filmmaker Renny Harlin is known for providing some of the more entertaining action flicks that the ’90s had to offer (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, Deep Blue Sea), but his career has been on a bit of a nosedive ever since then, giving us stinkers like Driven, Exorcist: The Beginning and The Covenant. After an attempt to return to his glory days with 12 Rounds, he is now trying to re-invent himself by directing a “serious” drama based on a true story. Of course, it also happens to be a drama with quite a few explosions in it.
5 Days of War is based on the true story of an American journalist who was caught in the sudden war between Russia and Georgia that broke out in August of 2008. Watching this trailer, it’s not really presented in a way that makes it feel like real events. The quality of the acting and the indulgence in violence make it somewhat difficult to take seriously, but at the same time, I’m actually curious to see how he handles the material. With a cast that includes Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Heather Graham and Dean Cain, feel free to draw your own conclusions. 5 Days of War hits select theatres on August 15th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.