By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Anthony Peyton
Ever wanted a history film about Israeli-Palestinian relations but didn’t want to sit through 5 hours of the entire history? Well, the new film ‘7 Days in Entebbe’ might be the film for you, but you also willing to sit through almost 2 hours of a single drawn out event that happens over the span of one week.
Based on real life events, ‘7 Days in Entebbe’ tracks the 1976 hijacking of an AirFrance plane en route to Paris from Tel Aviv. Widely known as a terrorist plot, it was in hopes for the Israeli government to release it’s terrorist prisoners by holding their Jewish residents hostage.
So far, it seems like the perfect film for the average history buff.
Well, even though it sounds interesting on paper, the film didn’t amount to any high expectation. The lack of action – until the very end – seemed to drag the pace and the audience with it. Most of the film consisted of Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl’s characters waiting around watching the hostages while acting superior and pretending they knew how to use a gun.
For Israeli-Palestinian history I would instead suggest watching the 2011 documentary ‘Promises’. It has much more emotional appeal and a completely unbiased look at the conflict.
Now, I don’t want to attack all aspects of the film considering one of its strengths was actually in its performances. I might be a little biased towards Brühl because I believe that he can do no wrong but the entire cast showed that a bad movie can still have good aspects to it – including acting.
It wasn’t superb, but it was enough to be appreciated.
Overall, ‘7 Days in Entebbe’ wasn’t the Israeli-Palestinian history flick that some were expecting. If you were hoping for a highly entertaining film with an important message – I would pick a different film. The only knowledge gained is that these two nations just need to work things out and find peace – as if we didn’t already know that.
My Rating: 56%