A journalist (Rupert Friend), his cameraman (Richard Coyle) and a Georgia native (Emmanuelle Chriqui) are caught in the crossfire of the Russia-Georgia conflict.
" Renny Harlin used to make ridiculous movies involving pirates or Sylvester Stallone; now he makes ridiculous movies about Putin's 2008 invasion of the country of Georgia. "
" The plot is culled from a variety of "war is hell but I'm covering it anyway" journalist-in-the-field movies but handled with cliched clumsiness in a script by David Battle and doctored by Finnish writer Mikko Alanne. "
" Embarrassingly clumsy. "
" Whether its passion is faked or real is impossible to tell because it is expressed with such pulp-fiction gusto. "
" Flimsy dramatization of Russia/Georgia conflict fails both as historical re-enactment and as action-flick thrill ride. "
" Harlin's film begins with the familiar adage that truth is the first casualty of war. Usually that phrase precedes an attempt to revive the patient, not bury it deeper in the rubble of propaganda. "
" The low-budget movie, set during Russia's 2008 invasion of Georgia, is neither innovative nor profound, but it is kinetic, visceral and sometimes moving. "
" A hell-on-earth thriller that makes valiant gestures toward geopolitical savvy but gets bushwhacked by vet helmer Renny Harlin's weakness for the Rambo-esque. "
" An action movie scarcely deeper than a Michael Bay extravaganza. "
" Had it rejected the genre's romantic trappings and false heroics more consistently, the movie might've been worth the ride. "
" Harlin's roots show throughout the picture, as he films real-life horrors with a bombast better suited to summer entertainment. "
" Should appeal more to those who like to watch stuff blow up than understand exactly why the carnage is transpiring. "
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