Screening Room: ‘7 Days in Entebbe’

The latest movie from Brazilian director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad, Narcos) is a thriller based on the famous 1976 airliner hijacking that ended up with a standoff in Uganda.

7 Days in Entebbe opens this week in limited release. My review is at Film Journal International:

The headline story feels tailor-made for Padilha’s brand of documentary-based world-crisis cinema. In 1976, an Air France flight from Tel Aviv was hijacked. The quartet of kidnappers were two members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and a pair of German radical allies. Wilfried (Daniel Brühl, stolid and underwhelming as ever) is a publisher of “revolutionary texts” and terror neophyte. He is happy to shove a gun in the faces of the crew he forces to fly to Uganda but gets moral jitters once the reality sinks in. His partner Brigitte (Rosamund Pike, similarly unremarkable) is a more eager tool of the cause, furious over the recent prison suicide of Ulrike Meinhof, of Baader-Meinhof infamy…

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