Good storytelling is key to capturing the attention of the audience, and, once you obtain it, you must hold onto it. This first step in bringing a story to life was largely forgotten in the new movie, “7 Days in Entebbe.”
The story of this film centers on the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight traveling from Tel Aviv to Paris. While in route to France a group of terrorists take over the plane and divert it from its intended course. It first makes a stop in Libya for fuel and then heads to Entebbe International Airport in Uganda.
The terrorists make demands soon after landing. They request Palestinians and others imprisoned in Israel and in four other countries be released.
The tone of the film is very bland from the onset. It reminded me of a beige-colored wall.
The trailer showed a compelling story that highlighted the bravery of an elite group of soldiers who sought to save lives in the face of uncertain odds. Instead, its focus was on Israel’s leaders who seemed divided on whether a military option was the correct route to take. The squabbling between these individuals was just plain tiresome and took away from the overall story. It also diminished the role of the soldiers.
The film tried to put a human perspective to the terrorists by giving them a voice that the other might not have had. This aspect of the movie of understanding the motives of these criminals was poorly written and acted. It just seemed to drag.
I get what the filmmakers were trying to do, but it does not work. It comes off more like a slap in the face to the victims. When someone commits an act of evil such as this, I don’t need to know what their feelings are or motives. Their motives are clear to me as soon as they pick up a gun and threaten someone’s life. Making a terrorist touchy feely is just bad form.
I just wish the writers of “7 Days in Entebbe” had stuck to the actual events instead of crafting their narrative with the subtle clause of “inspired by true events.” If you want to share a historical moment with audiences, stick to the facts and not fiction.
If you are looking to see something worth your time this weekend this film is one to miss.
I give “7 Days in Entebbe” two and a half mustaches out of five.
It is rated PG-13 for violence, some thematic material, drug use, smoking, and brief strong language and runs 107 minutes.