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7 Days in Entebbe (2018)

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Critic Consensus: 7 Days in Entebbe has a worthy story to tell, but loses sight of its most compelling elements in a dull dramatization of riveting real-life events.

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A gripping thriller inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, the film depicts the most daring rescue mission ever attempted

Cast

Rosamund Pike
as Brigitte Kuhlmann
Daniel Brühl
as Wilfried Böse
Eddie Marsan
as Shimon Peres
Ben Schnetzer
as Zeev Hirsch
Lior Ashkenazi
as Yitzhak Rabin
Denis Ménochet
as Jacques Le Moine
Nonso Anozie
as Idi Amin
Peter Sullivan
as Amos Eiran
Angel Bonanni
as Yonatan Netanyahu
Mark Ivanir
as General Motta Gur
Kamil Lemieszewski
as Greek Pilot
Brontis Jodorowsky
as Captain Bacos
Natalie Stone
as Leah Rabin
Andrea Deck
as Patricia Martel
Laurel Lefkow
as Ida Borowitz
David Annen
as Military Attache
Vincent Riotta
as Dan Shomrom
Noof McEwan
as Al Arja
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Critic Reviews for 7 Days in Entebbe

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (21)

poignant and powerful

March 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It doesn't quite hit its target in providing an emotional resonance or political relevance for today.

March 16, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Give the filmmakers credit, they had an idea for something no one had ever done before. What they didn't realize is that there was a reason for this: The idea was horrible.

March 16, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This feels no more riveting than watching people watch one of the previous tellings of the story.

March 16, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Padilha is trying something noble here: to give every side its due. Unfortunately, he gives us a lesson in moral complexity instead of a movie.

March 15, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A serviceable thriller that might have been something more.

March 15, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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Feeling a bit of a relic from a different time, 7 Days in Entebbe tells a true-life story in documentary fashion. I warn you, the description of this plot is essentially the 1970's Game of Thrones of geopolitics. In 1976 a group of Palestinian and left-wing militants hijacked an Air France plane that had close to a hundred Israeli citizens on board. They hoped to force Tel Aviv to release a comparable number of Palestinian militants, even though Israel was known not to "negotiate with terrorists." They set down in Entebbe, Uganda. Idi Amin, delusional dictator of Uganda and self-crowned "King of Scotland," was allied with Palestinian groups, Arab states, and the Soviet Union. He allowed them to stay in the airport at Entebbe and planned to reap PR benefits from the fiasco. On July 4th, 1976 (yeah really THAT day), Israeli commandoes raided the airport, killed the hijackers and a shit-ton of Ugandan soldiers, and rescued all but three of the hostages. They suffered only one fatality - Yonathan Netanyahu, the older brother of Benjamin Netanyahu, current Prime Minister of Israel. Now why did I recount of those details to you? Well for one, I like to rant history at people like a madman, but secondly and most importantly that's what 7 Days ends up becoming - rote history. It ends up being a bit too dry for most people and tell its yarn in a pretty straightforward manner. I'm kind of a bit surprised it was released in theaters in this day and age and not released straight to Netflix. I'd argue that it's a very able rental movie or one to be placed on the History Channel for years to come - it does a better job in telling a historical narrative than that channel has done in years. Most of its framing is around the two left-wing German hijackers portrayed in excellent form by Daniel Bruhl and Rosamund Pike. It is quite clear that they are in over their heads and are aware that they are doomed but can do little else but die with dignity. In fact, that becomes 7 Days in Entebbe's strongest point - its objective history with no clear bias for or against either Israel or Palestine - which is probably a liability in our fucked up current state of affairs. Oh, and any movie which can juxtapose a firefight with a performance of the Batsheva Dance Company and not seem out of place is a competent one at least. I enjoyed it. If you are a dork like me check it out on digital streaming services. But don't expect Munich.

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