7 Days In Entebbe

7 Days In Entebbe: Film Review – A Thrilling Week Packed In Two Hours

Verdict: A gripping account of a heroic rescue operation.

There's not a lot that filmmakers can do with the story when their project is based on true incidents. Distorting facts for the sake of thrills would cause a backlash, so they have to rely heavily on the execution. Does Jose Padilha succeed in doing that with 7 Days In Entebbe? Find out below.

What’s 7 Days In Entebbe About:

In 1976, an airplane traveling from Tel Aviv to Paris is hijacked by four terrorists, out of which the two Germans – Brigitte Kuhlmann (Rosamund Pike) and Wilfried Böse (Daniel Brühl) – prefer calling themselves left-wing radicals. The plane is then diverted to a terminal at the Entebbe airport in Uganda where the passengers are kept captive and are used as bargaining chips for negotiation talks with the government. Instead of giving into the needs of the terrorists, the Israeli government plans a counter-attack in which they send their best men to rescue the hostages.

What Works:

Operation Entebbe is an important part of Israeli–Palestinian conflict and making a movie on it is no mean task. The film opens with a well-choreographed dance by a troupe which is wonderfully used later during the tense moments in 7 Days In Entebbe. There are so many characters in the film and yet Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl manage to make a lasting impression. Besides them, the actor who stands out is Denis Menochet as the pilot of the airplane.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The pace at which events unfold in 7 Days in Entebbe almost feels like it is a documentary. Even though the story is told through multiple timelines, they somehow never get together. At the end of it, the movie feels a little longer than it is.

Why You Should Watch This Movie:

Watch this movie to know more about Israeli–Palestinian history and why there have been no peace talks between the two nations. While popcorn entertainers are fun, films like 7 Days In Entebbe need to be watched.