Entebbe is never left to show the true tension of the situation, instead giving an overview that simply doesn’t capture the moment.
Entebbe’s premise makes it seem a thrilling look at a one of the most tumultuous times in worldwide political history, focusing on the difficulties experienced between Israel and Palestine during the height of their original conflict. However the film has its own issues and they lie beyond the first and last ten minutes of the run time. Entebbe offers next to no tension and far less content than it needed to, and comes over as a very weak and uninspiring take on the affair.
Led by Wilfried (Daniel Bruhl) and Bridgette (Rosamund Pike), a group of ‘freedom fighters’ hijack an Air France flight taking hostage 93 Israeli citizens, demanding the release of Palestinian militants from Israeli control. The plane lands in the city of Entebbe, Uganda where President Idi Amin puts his own spin on the hostile situation.
The film just doesn’t express itself with anywhere near enough exhilaration. It feels painfully bogged down by meaningless dialogue and a thirst to explain everything in intrinsic detail. Entebbe is never left to show the true tension of the situation, instead giving an overview that simply doesn’t capture the moment.
The only saving grace for the film is its dance sections depicting a repetitive sequence with and incredibly forceful driving rhythm. It is actually rather spectacular and gives the film a great first impression, and a very refreshing finale. Yet the performance outweighs the middle portion of the film so much, all it does is blindingly highlight how dull the majority of Entebbe actually is.
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