What should have been an intense "Munich" like retelling of the 1976 Palestinian hijacking of an airliner becomes a muddled, frustrating mess in 7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE.
The filmmakers have a great story to tell. An Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris is hijacked by terrorists, diverting the plane to Entebbe, Uganda. The last place you want to land as a hostage is the country run by Idi Amin, one of the most barbaric rulers in history.
Israel's Special Forces mounted one of the most daring, dramatic and unbelievable rescue missions in modern times. But you wouldn't know it thanks to the absurd "artistic" choices made by director Jose Pahilha and writer Gregory Burke.
They decide to wedge a modern dance troupe's interpretation of the events into the movie by portraying a dancer as the girlfriend of one of the special forces.
Talk about square peg in a round hole. It's painfully bad and awkward.
Some of the cast is terrific, including Daniel Bruhl (Rush, Inglorious Basterds) and Rosamund Pike (Die Another Day, Gone Girl) as two of the terrorists.
But just when you start to get drawn into the story, oops back to that girl falling out of her chair in the worst dance rehearsal footage since Tony Manero hit Broadway in "Staying Alive".
As the film moves toward what should have been a taut, exciting depiction of the Israel force descending onto the airport with thundering force, its suddenly interrupted by long, boring sequences of the dance troupe giving their interpretation of ... blah blah, its like someone has control of your remote and keeps switching to "So You Think You Can Dance" during an action movie.
When the cheezy but enjoyable Chuck Norris's 80's fiction flick "The Delta Force" is a better depiction of the real life events than this 2018 version, I think you've missed the mark.
ENTEBBE gets a C-.
What a waste.