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7 Days in Entebbe Movie Review by Ms. H

Written by RealMsH

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not reflect those of

Introduction to 7 Days in Entebbe Movie Review by Ms. H

The movie, 7 Days in Entebbe, did not receive a lot of press before it was released.  I found out about this movie by perusing the movie schedule to see what was playing. Unlike some of the other movies I’ve seen, this movie seemed to be low key without the hype to drum up movie attendance. In my opinion, this was a movie that probably could have done better at the box office if more promotion, interviews and other media attention were paid to it.

Synopsis of 7 Days in Entebbe Movie

7 Days in Entebbe did not start with a narrative or script to let you know the movie is based on actual events that happened in the summer of 1976.  Instead, periodically, you would see dates showing the count down time of the 7 days that related to the events that occurred during that time. Spoiler Alert:  Also at the end of the movie, there was a run down of what happened to certain characters in the movie.

Instead of going into details, briefly, the movie involved an Air France plane being hijacked for political reasons and the subsequent landing of the plane for refueling and the retake off before the final landing in Entebbe, Uganda. The story was told from the viewpoint of some of the captors, or hijackers vice the hostages.

There was also a backstory of a soldier and his dancer partner that in my opinion, served to add a human interest story to the movie--especially when he was called to go on this mission to rescue the hostages.

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Acting Skills Displayed in 7 Days in Entebbe Movie

For the most part, the actors played their roles adequately. When I saw the picture of the woman who had a co-lead role in the movie, Rosamund Pike, I was under the impression she was one of the hostages before the movie started. However, it didn’t take long before I came to realize that she was in on the scheme, as well one of the hijackers.

I believe the writer and director may have lightened up on the type people that hijacked the plane.  For example, one of the hijackers let a little girl go to the restroom while on the plane, and there is a scene where it looks like the hijacker had a heart to heart talk with one of the women who seemed to have become uncontrollably emotional during one of the scenes.  

Creativity of the Storyline of 7 Days in Entebbe

Of course the people involved in this hostage-taking in real life were understandably afraid.  However, I thought it was creative how the director tied in a dance routine of one of the actors with what was going on in the movie.  For example, when the plane landed carrying the soldiers with the mission to rescue the hostages who had been held up for 7 days -- the film would cut back to a dance routine involving the partner of one of the soldiers on the rescue mission.  If you see this movie, you will know what I’m referring to.

Assessment of 7 Days in Entebbe

There were some scenes in 7 Days in Entebbe that may have been added for dramatic purposes -- for example the phone call from one of the hijackers to her partner from a non-working pay phone.  Also, I think the scene with the person who they thought was a spy was underplayed. I also noticed his shirt seemed to be almost spotless after coming back to join the others.

Additionallly, the movie kept an “under the radar” atmosphere for me with no real suspense, even it it was based on true events. I also think the moment the leader  was no longer available and another soldier took over should have been played up more in the movie. That being said, the movie displayed a sense of realism and had a tie in with the dance routine in the movie which helped to raise its rating.

Rating of 7 Days in Entebbe

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the highest, I rate 7 Days in Entebbe 3 stars.

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