Another political/war movie from the late summer of '11, that was in limited release, but went straight to video where they probably always intended it, is "5 Days of War". It's about the Russian invasion that happened in '08. You remember that, right? The Russians invaded the small country of Georgia because they were supposedly bothering the small area of people inside that country called South Ossetia? At the time the Presidential campaign was going on and McCain said he wanted to go to war there? Yeah, right. Well that kind of international disinterest is just what the reporters in this story have to deal with as they're running from the invading army of Causac mercenaries while trying to get the atrocities they videoed out to the rest of a world, more interested in American Idol and the Olympics. The movie isn't really as interesting a story about modern journalism and war as it could be, but for what was basically a limited release intended mostly for video, they really didn't skimp on the location work and the military hardware on display - and the pyrotechnics. Lot's of stuff blows up in this. This movie really kinda' plays like a video game - in fact it surprises me nobody has tried to make it into one. The reporters are running from the army, trying to get incriminating footage, trying to get refugees to safety and trying to get the footage they've recorded on a video card somewhere where it can be uploaded for broadcast. It almost makes you look around your living room for the game controller. The action's too spectacular to take the movie as a serious rendition of what happened and a few of the characters and situations seem a little stock - two of the Causac "villains" seem like they should be in a James Bond movie. Still though, I like it sometimes when movies "encapsulate" events like this into a form that seems to have lots of "bits" that one can leap off into the actual, real aspects of it - if one wants to then go and read up more on the subject. I guess they felt they had to up the action aspect of it to still get people interested in this subject. It's an interesting movie that'll have to do until somebody else can make a more relevant rendition of this event.