Eddie Marsan

'7 Days in Entebbe' review: Negotiating a hijacking thriller, timidly

'7 Days in Entebbe' review: Negotiating a hijacking thriller, timidly

Unless it’s complicated by something like human feeling, and a recognition of the human beings on both sides of any bloody ideological conflict, true-life heroism has a tendency to look a little synthetic on screen. It’s what sells, of course. And it’s an easy emotional sale if The Other in the story — the Viet Cong in “The Green Berets”; virtually everyone on the receiving end of Chris Kyle’s rifle in “American Sniper” — remains a vaguely subhuman blank.

Is this why the successful Israeli commando raid on the Entebbe, Uganda, airport, saving more than a hundred Israeli passengers held hostage in the 1976 pro-Palestine terrorist hijacking of an Air France passenger jet, has so...

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