08 October 2018
7 Days at Entebbe
A movie depicting the events on the raid on Entebbe was originally released not long after the actual event in 1976. The film starred Charles Bronson, Peter Finch and many other great actors of the generation, and I remember it to be full of action. This one is unfortunately nowhere near as good as the original in terms of action and concentrates rather on a side show going on around the actual story. The film tells the true story of the 1976 Air France hijacking of mostly Israeli citizens which diverts to Entebbe in Uganda ( under the dictatorship of Idi Amin ). But the attention is not on the hijacked passengers but more on a pair of German hijackers involved in the political infighting between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the defense minister Shimon Peres and trying to get imprisoned colleagues held in Israeli prisons released. But with Israel having a policy where they refuse to negotiate with terrorists instead they plan a daring raid on the air terminal to try to rescue the hostages. The director also decides to cut back and forth between the action and a modern dance ritual which is supposed to punctuate the emotions and actions elsewhere making it very irritating. The film stars Daniel Bruhl and Rosamund Pike in the lead roles. The one thing that did impress me was the filming of the movie done to make it look like the 70’s. I was very impressed with the detail and care taken in this regard but otherwise a so-so movie which I would very much prefer to leave it than take it.
The DVD has no special features. The movie runs for 123 minutes and is rated 13 for language and violence. 7 Days at Entebbe is now available through Empire and Next Home Entertainment and available to purchase at your nearest Musica store.
IFM Rating 5 out of 10.