By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Therese Gardner
Remember when I wrote a review on the slow Israeli-Palestinian conflict film, 7 Days In Entebbe? Well, here’s a review on what that film should have been which is Jon Hamm’s new Beirut.
Based in the 80s, the film follows Mason (Hamm), a former US diplomat, who is called back to the war-torn Beirut to find a CIA agent captured by terrorists. The situation escalates, however, when an old friend Karim (Idir Chender) turns out to be the terrorist holding him hostage.
Ironically, it also stars Rosamund Pike (Sandy) who also starred in Entebbe. At least this new performance made up for the embarrassing “other” one.
So, what made Beirut good (or better)?
There was more action, more plot, and more emotion. All of these things that make up a good war based film were all missing in Entebbe. In Beirut, there was no waiting around for something to happen just for nothing to actually happen. Instead there was the grim reality of explosions, death, and fear. One moment, Hamm’s character will be giving a lecture on peace at a local university. The next, the entire room will blow up. Which is much more eye-opening than a few Germans and Arabs hijacking a plane, taking them to Uganda, and waiting til the Israeli soldiers come and (excuse my language but,) blow their shit up.
Another decent aspect of the film was the storyline and the emotional connection between two rival characters as Mason and Karim face a dilemma caused by their former friendship. Mason lost his wife to Karim’s terrorist brother, Abu, and has dealt with a ton of baggage since then. While you feel for Mason’s struggle, you also feel for Karim who was indoctrinated into the life of being a terrorist at a very young age. It’s heartbreaking when you see how chaotic their lives become when they split paths.
Which is exactly what Entebbe completely lacked. I didn’t care about the characters and neither did the audience. When the bad guys were terminated by Israelis, I sighed in relief. Relief that the movie was finally over and I didn’t have to see those waste of space characters. In Beirut, you can’t help but feel compassion for everyone in the movie because that’s what films are supposed to do. Not remain heartless and annoyed because quite frankly that’s tiresome.
Anyways, my apologies if you came here for a review strictly on Beirut and instead found a rant on 7 Days in Entebbe but the comparison was needed in order to show that there was at least one good Israeli-Palestinian movie released in 2018.
My Rating: 75%