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|Original title:||7 Days in Entebbe|
|Production country:||USA/Großbritannien 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 107 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
June 27, 1976 - What for the pilot Jacques Le Moine (Denis Ménochet) and the crew of the Air France plane 139 from Tel Aviv to Paris begins like a normal flight, quickly turns into a nightmare. For a group of Palestinian and German terrorists around Wilfried Böse (Daniel Brühl) and Brigitte Kuhlmann (Rosamund Pike) are taking over the machine. They're forcing a landing in Entebbe, Uganda. Here the Israeli hostages on board are to be exchanged for Palestinian prisoners. An international crisis is looming and the Israeli government must make a difficult decision: should it, contrary to its previous maxim, negotiate with the terrorists or risk the lives of the hostages? Seven long days of waiting and negotiation begin - seven days that not only bring the hostages to the brink of despair…
"7 days in Entebbe" is the attempt to shed light on the events surrounding the hostage-taking of the Air France plane in June 1976 from various perspectives. Director José Padilha ("Tropa de Elite", "RoboCop") not only wants to emphasize the political significance of this terrorist act, but also to illuminate the human aspects - both of the hostages and of the terrorists. And that makes the film vulnerable, of course. By focusing on the two German hostage-takers Wilfried Böse and Brigitte Kuhlmann and their scruples when it comes to actually pulling the trigger, they almost become bearers of sympathy - especially when they are juxtaposed with ice-cold politicians like Israel's then Defence Minister (and later President) Shimon Peres. Peres, played by Eddie Marsan, is portrayed so unappealingly that the viewer is almost inclined to side with the terrorists. And of course that's not necessarily what the movie wants to achieve.
It is a very courageous approach not only to present the terrorists as faceless monsters, but also to give them a certain humanity despite their actions. But such a thing is always an extremely difficult grade hike, which José Padilha unfortunately does not master very well. Other characters on the other hand, like the pilot Jacques Le Moine, are much better worked out - which, however, can also be due to the fact that he is a clearly positive character - which can't be said about other protagonists so easily (or not at all).
Besides some moral doubts, which the film evokes, it also has to struggle with some small lengths, which are compensated by the honestly excitingly staged last act. Acting-wise, the whole thing is on a good level, whereas some performances lack some subtlety. The bottom line is that "7 Tage in Entebbe" is a film with good aspects, with very well done staging approaches, but also with some noticeable weaknesses - both dramaturgically, as well as in terms of acting and directing. That's why in the end there's only one thing left to do, even with a few exceptions: it's worth seeing!
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