5 Days of War
Director Renny Harlin’s track record, including the likes of Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger and Deep Blue Sea, does not lead one to expect sophistication, and with 5 Days of War, set against the background of war between Russia and Georgia, this lack of polish is proven beyond dispute. Not only does 5 Days of War not provide much of an understanding of the complex and vicious war, it manages to be nothing more than a string of explosions, shootings and people being violent to one another. But all of this action does not add up to a story from which much sense can be made.
Ex: Still Friends! (Ex: Amici come prima!)
The title pretty much tells it all. Lots of couples, plenty of infidelity, men and women playing games to get the person they want. By Italian director Carlo Vanzina and with reasonable acting and lots of silly gags, it is perfectly acceptable fare if you like your romantic comedies sexy and quirky.
Two brothers find themselves virtually abandoned by their parents in an old house in rural Belgium for the summer holidays. Bored, they seek out adventure, and inevitably get themselves in all sorts of trouble. While the film is full of humor and charm, the siblings’ eventual run-in with a local drug dealer underlines a much darker side of life. Although primarily a light tale of boyish misadventure, Les Geants has aspirations to follow in the footsteps of such great tales as Stand by Me and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.