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7 Days in Entebbe

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Violent but dry telling of real-life 1976 plane hijacking.

Movie PG-13 2018 106 minutes
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Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

So many historic inaccuracies. The movie makes the terrorists seem like humanitarian good guys while they were inhumane terrorists.

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Based on real-life events, this dramatic thriller somehow lacks both drama and thrills. 7 Days in Entebbe concentrates on motivations rather than personalities, and its focus on details seems more dutiful than interesting. Director Jose Padilha made both the harrowing documentary Bus 174 and the surprisingly solid, action-packed remake of RoboCop; this film falls directly in between. But it lacks any kind of documentary-like immediacy or urgency; it doesn't really get inside the story. And it doesn't come anywhere close to a thriller; its approach is too dry and dull for that.

It's interesting to look at the success of thematically similar movies, like Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. The former managed to take a true story and make crackerjack entertainment based on it, and in the latter, high-powered, behind-the-scenes meetings are made tense and riveting. 7 Days in Entebbe, meanwhile, almost deliberately captures the boredom of the movie's dire situation, rather than its tension. Artistically, the movie attempts to draw parallels by cutting a performance of the Batsheva Dance Company in with the story, but even that feels forced. 7 Days in Entebbe is clearly intelligently written and competently directed, but, as it goes on, the effect is less emotional or thoughtful than it is distancing and clinical.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 16, 2018
  • On DVD or streaming: July 3, 2018
  • Cast: Rosamund Pike , Daniel Bruhl , Eddie Marsan
  • Director: José Padilha
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • Genre: Drama
  • Topics: History
  • Run time: 106 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence, some thematic material, drug use, smoking and brief strong language
  • Last updated: November 12, 2023

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