7 Days in Entebbe

 (603)5.81 h 47 min2018PG-13
An act of terrorism leads to one of the most daring rescue missions ever attempted in this riveting thriller inspired by true events starring Daniel Brühl and Rosamund Pike.
José Padilha
Daniel BrühlRosamund PikeEddie Marsan
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Lior AshkenaziDenis MenochetBen Schnetzer
Tim BevanEric FellnerKate SolomonMichelle WrightRon Halpern
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RayReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
I watched it so you didn't have to!
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The actual raid on Entebbe was one of the most heroic and ingenious military operations to ever take place, and just the intelligence gathering and overall military decision making processes from that mission are of the upmost importance for war colleges to understand, even to this day. Operation Thunderbolt (Raid on Entebbe) should never be neglected in military history and studies. This movie did the actual operation no justice, and if anything, it was a disgrace.

Fortunately, Amazonprime does have the 1976 made for TV version, of the ACTUAL Raid On Entebbe, which I can't recommend highly enough. It was directed by Irvin Kershner (Empire Strikes Back) and stared James Woods, Charles Bronson, John Saxon, and too many other great actors to count. Although there were slight discrepancies of actual accounts from the Soldiers who've been there, compared to this particular Hollywood version, it is said that Kershner's depiction was relatively accurate, and overall he did a great job...I agree. Bear in mind this was a made for TV movie, low budget and with a limited time to film however. This is why I couldn't wait to see this "spectacular", high-budget, modern movie, depicting the actual raid, which has been envied throughout decades, but with now the modern-day special effects and in high definition!

Not only was this movie a big disapointment, I feel it was the worst movie ever made (and I'm serious). There was a disclaimer at the beginning of the film stating that "some" characters had been changed for dramatization. What? WHY??? Why change anything about what actually happened? But, I guess I can see making a few dramatic changes for entertainment, right? Oh, but they changed just about everything, and made up about everything, and that's the problem! If you change something, change it to be more entertaining, not to make it unwatchable, in which this idiot director did a great job of making his movie unwatchable.

Oh, by the way, they showed only about a minute of the actual raid, and half of that was cut scenes of some girl dancing on stage! Yes, I am not making that up. They showed more dancing in a studio and on stage than the actual planning of the operatin and the raid itself. Why? I don't know either! I guess this pathetic director wanted to be all artsy. It didn't work. Absolute disgrace, and I hope I NEVER see any other movies EVER from this sad pathitic excuse for a director. If you like dancing, you won't even like this film, because all they did was show the same exact dance move OVER AND OVER (over and over and over...!) What did showing a dance move for an hour have to do with the raid and the operation? Save your six bucks and don't watch this film. Watch the 1976 version, as that will give you somewhat of and idea what actually happened.

This was not a movie, nor was it art. It was pure crap! Pure bunk! I wasn't sure if I was watching the raid on Entebbe, or So You Think You Can Dance!
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John H.Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
A pathetic attempt to turn terrorists into heros. Don't waste your time watching it.
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One star rating only because it's not possible to give it zero stars.
As a student of military history I was expecting something similar to the classic "Raid on Entebbe", but unfortunately it is a story that tries to get people to sympathize with and feel sorry for the terrorists instead. This is nothing more than pandering to the "palestinians" and excuse making for their acts of terrorism & murder. It is basically pro-terrorist propaganda. Also, the weird cuts to the dancing scenes were absolutely unnecessary and irrelevant to the overall story and served no purpose other than a weak attempt at being "artistic". I wish I could get a refund for this purchase.
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joe-marylandReviewed in the United States on August 4, 2018
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This is like a movie about the Indy 500 with no cars in it. 90% terrorists talking about their revolutionary bullcrap, 9% weird modern dance routine, and 1% actual raid.
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A. MccaskillReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Bad remake
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This movie was badly constructed, the original was much better. It attempted to make the terrorists look "good" (remember, these were people threatening to kill unarmed women and children). They also had some stupid subplot with a dancer that had no relation to the story at all, and really was a waste of time. Bottom line, don't waste your time or money on this movie!
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yjt43y7Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
This is a different take on the story
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First, those who have said that this glorifies terrorism couldn't be more in error. The comments by the Flight Engineer, a plumber is worth five freedom fighters, a engineer is worth 50 freedom fighters.. is the direct confrontation with the romantic notion of being a revolutionary held by the Baader-Meinhopf terrorists.

There are some inaccuracies, such as the date of Israel's recognition-it was 1949 not 1947-these historical facts should have been corrected.

The terrorists come across as misguided and idealistic, and the Palestinian terrorists , cynical. The focus was on the Baader-Meinhopf terrorists, and the internal contradictions that they were continually fighting which led to their deaths.

For those who have forgotten, one of the terrorists in Raid on Entebbe was shown to be in a perfect position to throw a grenade, but upon looking at one of the hostages whom he had gotten to know-ultimately couldn't do it, but went out in a blaze of fire.

This movie as stated, looks at the story from a very different perspective. I found no glorification of terrorism at all. Just the sad, incredible idealism, and ultimately the foolishness of terrorist attacks on innocents.

4 stars solid, would have been higher but for the introduction of errors in known historical facts.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Really bad movie! The only action in the movie is ...
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Really bad movie! The only action in the movie is in the last 12 minutes and that barley covers the raid. The "dance" stuff was very distracting. I think whomever created this crap was trying to make a political statement but its so badly written and acted, how can one tell? It is too bad because this was one of the most daring and bold events of the 20th century. Skip this movie.
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Aquae AtraeReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Artistically fascinating action / drama akin to Apocalypse Now
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I was an infant when these events occurred and I'd never heard of them until watching this. I have no cultural connection to any of the characters here. But the film's unique presentation intrigues me to research the actual history more. The film is clearly not intended to be a documentary but these events seem well worth studying. I'll see what I can find.

I can appreciate that the film humanizes some of its villains, now that the story has aged and becomes a part of our historical context. With time and deliberation, different perspectives that lead to these conflicts can be valuable if we're ever to untangle and deescalate them. By contrast, modern acts of terror should never be allowed to leverage the immediate shock and outrage they provoke. I believe in the no-notoriety movement. Our immediate focus should always rest with the heros, victims, and families who represent the humanity within us all and at our very best.

The juxtaposition of modern dance with the drama and action was very well orchestrated in my opinion. I've never been much of a fan of modern dance or even understood it really. But in this context I found it deeply intriguing and visually poetic. It definitely adds to the story telling in a very unique way. I also enjoyed the dance number that plays into the credits. Very odd and abstract, but certainly beautiful.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's OK
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I was hoping to see an interesting movie about a famous historical event. This one tells the story of the famous rescue of Israeli hostages during the hijacking of an airplane in 1976. The story of the basic events seems fairly complete, if not completely accurate. However, it doesn't create a lot of drama or excitement. It is told rather matter-of-factly, which may be OK. You get more or less a telling of the story from the beginning to the end. I think part of the problem that makes the movie a little less memorable is that it seems to be told mostly from the point of view of the German hijackers. There are also some odd visual themes that keep coming up like a dance routine. Artistically, it may be provocative but it seems to detract a bit from the drama of the story. This movie is a decent-enough telling of the story, but it will probably never be considered much of a classic.
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