Five Days

Season 1
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[HBO] The disappearance of a woman and her two children sets off a media frenzy and a frustrating police investigation in this HBO miniseries.
Starring
David OyelowoEdward WoodwardHugh Bonneville
Genres
SuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Day 1
    October 2 2007
    56min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    [HBO] HD. 'Day 1.' On her way to visit her grandfather, an attractive mother and her two children disappear, triggering a desperate search.
  2. 2. Day 3
    October 9 2007
    1h
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    [HBO] HD. 'Day 3.' Tops organizes a press conference, where Matt learns his missing wife is pregnant; Hazel suspects her son Kyle may be involved.
  3. 3. Day 28
    October 16 2007
    59min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    [HBO] HD. 'Day 28.' In the wake of a 28-day review, Barclay has turned the case into a murder investigation--and Kyle Betts is the prime suspect.
  4. 4. Day 33
    October 23 2007
    1h
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    [HBO] HD. 'Day 33.' Matt gets in a riff with Leanne's parents. Later, he and Sarah spend the afternoon together, which ends with a grisly discovery.
  5. 5. Day 79
    October 30 2007
    60min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    [HBO] HD. 'Day 79.' Amy celebrates her retirement, but several new clues bring her and Barclay to the verge of finally solving the case.

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Directors
Otto BathurstSimon Curtis
Supporting actors
Janet McTeerChristine TremarcoSarah SmartPatrick MalahidePenelope Wilton
Producers
Paul RutmanSimon CurtisHilary Salmon
Season year
2007
Network
HBO
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3.8 out of 5 stars

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XenReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
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Meh. It could have been done in 2 or 3 days and I would have been satisfied. There were un-redeeming plot elements where redemption was needed: the dad's 'creepy-gal' love interest; the retiring D.S. who left without seeing the case through; not enough clues pointing to different possible suspects; the specific use of, but unaddressed 18-wheeler blocking the flower stand, neither mentioned nor showing up on CCTV checks; and most importantly, a completely out-of-left-field surprise killer that did not suggest a hint of suspicion, or figure significantly in any of the episodes, making the whole five-day process seem a complete waste of time. The actors are quality, but the story's plot developed so slowly, I lost interest in their characters and their subplots quickly - and there were a LOT of extraneous, non-plot supportive characters. The kids were the most interesting theatrically of the bunch. Disappointing. Skippable.
15 people found this helpful
CosmosmomReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
I did not care for this series at all and ...
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I did not care for this series at all and rarely there is a british series that leaves saying that and the point is but this is one of them . Even though two of the actors has since gone on to star in prominent roles on Downton Abbey they cannot save it in my mind ...
.I hung in there and watched it to the end but to be honest with you I really do not know why .
It took them a very long time to tell this story and resolve the plot and after a while I really did not care that much . it was all very dramatic and involved lots of tears and I mean lots of tears except for the children who seemed quite stoic or maybe they were hoping if they could get it right they could now go out and play !!
It had a very disjointed plot with lots of gaps that left you wondering .. Did I miss something here ??? . Nope you did not they just did not bother to let you know about that .
If I were you I would skip it and go to the movies !!
10 people found this helpful
TerribleTiggerReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
sad story that kept me on the edge of my ...
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This kept me totally engrossed. I suspected early on who the real "bad guy" was, but that didn't change the fact that this was a terrifying, gritty,sad story that kept me on the edge of my seat through the whole thing. Watched all five episodes in two sittings....but had to stop myself from jumping to the last episode to find out for sure. Read one review that said this was so not like real life, but I disagree. The dysfunctional relationships displayed, the animosities amongst family members, are all too realistic. And the crimes committed, even the motives involved, are not so far fetched...one only has to watch the news or talk to friends and family to see how real this could be. As for this movie being slow (as several reviewers have stated)....it was never meant to be an action movie, but something of a psychological thriller. I had no problem staying totally with it from start to finish and watching every moment for fear I might miss some small thing that would keep me from understanding the whole story.
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Glenn CorbettReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Many Brit productions are like that for me as I find Brits think differently ...
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I thought the series was very riveting. Yes, it was slow paced but I felt unable to stop watching it. Many Brit productions are like that for me as I find Brits think differently in their film making and it is very fresh to me. I thought the first two episodes were especially entertaining. As others have mentioned, it occasionally seemed to skip past important areas of the story leaving you to wonder if you missed something. Or to "ASSUME" the outcome and fill in the blanks. And there is a spot in the last 5 minutes or so of the last episode that if you blink you will miss a very important subtle visual clue that is made even more important because of the accent the accompanying words are said in and not being able to understand the dialogue the first time. I had to rewind and watch it again because the next scene made no sense without it. The last episode was the weakest of the 5 with the first two being the best. At times it felt as if most of episode 5 was filler and they sort of didn't know what to fill it with until the end.

SPOILER WARNING!

I do pat myself on the back for guessing correctly at the end but not because of any real clues given but because the movie fell into a common trap I see a lot in many "who done it" type movies.
3 people found this helpful
Mystery ManReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Though a British "police procedural" in the best sense, it keeps the action going between the ...
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The HBO/BBC gripping mini-series, "Five Days" is well worth watching if you're in a binge viewing mood. With the attention to detail that the BBC brings to each of its mysteries, the drama starts building from the first frame and you're hooked. While it has hints of the BBC series "Broadchurch", it has none of that series' story side tracks. HBO saw the underlying story line and knew it was up to their standards.

Though a British "police procedural" in the best sense, it keeps the action going between the victims and the authorities, with always the pending doom that you know is about to knock on their door with more and more bad news. Great performances by Sarah Smart, Hugh Bonneville and a gritty David Oyelowo and a story line that pulls you in all adds up to the quality that HBO has built their reputation on.
2 people found this helpful
Laurie AustenReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
so it's great at the start and all down hill from there
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OK, so it's great at the start and all down hill from there. I was annoyed that by the time I realized the ship was going down, it was too late for me to turn it around (as in, I'd invested a lot of time in this thing and wanted to see how it ended). About halfway through, turns into a soap opera. Desperately wanted to be like Collision, and failed. The character Sarah totally ill conceived--irksome, and not believable in the least. Plus the failure of any of the other characters to see her involvement with the hero as anything but radically suspicious was astonishing. Anyone with any writing ability whatsoever could do a better job with the last episode than these poor sods did.
G. ThomasReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
The storytelling could be a lot better.
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I was so expecting this series to warrant a 5 star review, but from my perspective it just doesn't cut it. There are some great actors and characters in the series and the potential is there for it to be really good. I can't quite put my finger on the problem, perhaps it was the editing, perhaps direction, but the story flow just isn't there. Some important elements flash by with little or no explanation and some characters lines are totally superfluous. Having committed to the series the final episode seemed to be a total mess. Janet McTeer, Patrick Malahide and Hugh Bonneville put in a good performances, which unfortunately magnifies the less strong acting. My wife said it best when describing it as a 10 part series which seemed viciously edited down to only 5 episodes,
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AsilReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Didn't make sense
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It started off alright and u watched all f the episodes but increasingly couldn't understand some of the decisions that were made.

I guess if the right decisions were made it would have been a 1/2 hour show.

***Spoiler***

1-In this day and age, you often hear of children five and under saving someone by calling the police. Why didn't the children go to the driver's seat, the mother left her bag and take the phone that was in plain sight and call the police or their father or their sister. Some children would have attempted to drive the car themselves.

2-ok they were so scared they didn't think about that. Why didn't they walk a few steps forward to where traffic was and waved for help? The police car was there and if not (for the sake of argument) someone would've seen them and helped.

Instead they decide to walk down a lonely road with no traffic where Rosie was taken.

Just didn't make sense to me.

However I was glad when the husband and stepdaughter began a healthy father/daughter relationship.
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