“7 Days in Entebbe”, a 2018 crime thriller film directed by José Padilha and written by Gregory Burke was released in the United States on March 16, 2018 and will be in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2018.
The film recounts the story of Operation Entebbe, a 1976 counter-terrorist hostage-rescue operation. The film stars Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl.
Entebbe is the fourth film to dramatize the events of Operation Entebbe, after the American TV films Victory at Entebbe (1976) and Raid on Entebbe (1977), and the Israeli film Operation Thunderbolt (1977).
In 1976, two Palestinian and two German terrorists hijacked Air France Flight 139 en route from Tel Aviv, Israel to Paris, France via Athens, Greece.
They held the passengers and crew hostage at Entebbe and demanded a ransom of $5 million for the airplane and the release of 53 Palestinian and pro-Palestinian militants, 40 of whom were prisoners in Israel.
When all diplomatic efforts failed, the Israeli government approved a counter-terrorist hostage rescue operation by IDF commandos.
On February 11, 2016, it was announced that José Padilha would next direct Entebbe for Working Title Films and StudioCanal, from a script by Gregory Burke.
On July 29, 2016, Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl and Vincent Cassel joined the film to play the lead roles in the film. British actor Nonso Anozie plays doctor Idi Amin.
Principal photography on the film began on November 14, 2016 in Malta, while the production also took place in the UK.
A real hijacking took place during filming at the Malta International Airport.
The film features extensive footage of the noted Batsheva Dance Company dancing to a modern version of the traditional Jewish song Echad Mi Yodea.
One of the characters in the film is a dancer in the troupe and the dance is shown as the film opens and then throughout the film, intercut with portions of the narrative.
The film premiered on February 19, 2018 at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. It was released in the United States on March 16, 2018 and will be in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2018.
An initial trailer for Entebbe was released on December 7, 2017, using the 1971 song “I’d Love to Change the World” by the band Ten Years After.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 23% based on 66 reviews, and an average rating of 5.2/10.
The website’s critical consensus reads, “7 Days in Entebbe has a worthy story to tell, but loses sight of its most compelling elements in a dull dramatization of riveting real-life events.”
On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 49 out of 100 based on 26 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.