7 Days in Entebbe (2018)

History movies serve many different purposes. Of course there are several stories that get multiple adaptations, while other rather unknown stories never get told or turn into a movie like 7 Days in Entebbe. Writers and directors try to take these precious moments of human history and dramatize the events to get people out to see their film. I’ve probably seen over a thousand movies where events were suppose to be a big deal and never really turn out to be so gripping. I know it must have been hard for Daniel Bruhl and Rosamund Pike to take on a role as hostage takers, but I assume they felt there was a great story here to tell. I thought this movie was not that entertaining, not in the sense I wanted to see harmless people die, but in the sense the story is nowhere near impactful as they played it out to be. There is a bunch of confusion amongst the hijackers and kidnappers (no surprise) so the real message behind the mission gets completely lost along the way. It was interesting to see a different point of view from the Israeli Prime Minister, who was about to jump into the deep end of the pool and do something no one else had ever imagined. All in all though, there are characters to hate, some to question, and some to feel for. I’ve seen a lot better real stories played out, but given the material and the cast, we get a sub par true story. Also if anyone watches this, can you explain to me why there is so much focus on the dance company and their routine? 4/10 


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