Synopsis: Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.
Release Date: March 16, 2018 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Genre(s): Crime, Drama
The first thing people think of when the subject of airplane hijackings is brought up is usually not modern dance, but that’s just what opens and closes the docudrama 7 Days in Entebbe.
7 Days in Entebbe is about the 1976 hijacking of an Air France jet that was bound for Paris from Athens, Greece. Two Palestinians and two Germans take the plane and reroute it to Benghazi, Libya, with 250 passengers aboard. Once in Libya, the hijackers demands are heard; they want 53 Palestinian prisoners to be released within two days, or they will start killing hostages. The Israeli government buys time by negotiating while they plan a daring rescue mission, one that they nickname “Operation Thunderbolt.”
What 7 Days in Entebbe tries to be is a character study. There’s internal struggle throughout, within both the Israeli government and the core of the hijackers, which attempts to inject a bit of humanity into the story. However, the hostages, the real human interest aspect of the story, are practically ignored. The two German hijackers, played by Daniel Brühl (A Most Wanted Man) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), are treated as the most sympathetic characters in the movie, seeming to be conflicted about what they are doing from the onset. And, when your hijacking movie tries to get its audience to empathize with the hijackers, you know you’re doing something wrong.
Score and Soundtrack
The musical score for 7 Days in Entebbe does something really interesting. It almost feels as if composer Rodrigo Amarante (“Narcos”) knew that the movie was being overly artistic and melodramatic, so he tossed in an overly artistic and melodramatic score to match. So, while the Israeli prime minister is arguing with his secretary of defense, there’s a tense, almost B-movie vamp simmering underneath. When the hijackers are filtering the Israeli passengers from the other nationalities, there’s a swelling orchestral crescendo. It almost saves the movie. Almost, because it seems as if Amarante didn’t quite commit to taking it the entire way, maybe not getting as campy as he would have liked. But his score sets the mood for the kind of movie that 7 Days in Entebbe is, not the kind of movie that its filmmakers wanted it to be. It’s a bit at odds at times, but it does improve the picture.
Cast and Crew
- Director(s): José Padilha
- Producer(s): Tim BevanEric FellnerRon HalpernKate SolomonMichelle Wright
- Screenwriter(s): Gregory Burke
- Cast: Rosamund Pike (Brigitte Kuhlmann)Daniel Brühl (Wilfried Böse)Eddie Marsan (Shimon Peres) Nonso Anozie (Idi Amin)Peter Sullivan (Amos Eiran)Denis Ménochet (Jacques Le Moine)Angel Bonanni (Yonatan Netanyahu)Mark Ivanir (General Motta Gur)Lior Ashkenazi (Yitzhak Rabin)Natalie Stone (Leah Rabin)Jonathan Pyatt (Daniel Lom)Zina Zinchenko (Sarah)
- Editor(s): Danel Rezende
- Cinematographer: Lula Carvalho
- Production Designer(s):
- Costume Designer: Bina Daigeler
- Casting Director(s): Fiona Weir
- Music Score: Rodrigo Amarante
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- Country Of Origin: USAUK