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Trailer Review: 7 days in Entebbe
Joseph Tumwesigye
Posted: 1 week 3 days

On June 27, 1976, an Air France passenger plane carrying over 200 passengers excluding crew members, set off from Ben Gurion Airport in the Israel city, Tel Aviv. After a brief stop-over at Athens Airport in Greece it was set to land in Paris.

In a strange twist of events, the jet veered off-course to Libya where it was refuelled and later took flight. At about 4 am on June 28, 1976, the plane landed in Uganda at Entebbe airport. 

The jet had been hijacked by extremists who claimed to represent the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) a Palestinian Marxist–Leninist and revolutionary socialist organization founded in 1967 by George Habash. Three days later, most of the hostages who did not include Israeli nationals were released.

The hijackers demanded the release of 53 pro-Palestinian militants from Israeli and European jails in exchange for the freedom of the remaining captives. The extremists were aided by then Uganda president, Idi Amin.

 

Focus Features, an American film distribution company is set to release a movie showing the "daring and courageous" rescue efforts of the Israeli government for those Air France passengers that remained in captive at Entebbe Airport.

The movie, titled 7 Days in Entebbe is directed by José Padilha known for directing the Netflix hit series Narcos and written by Gregory Burke who will have this as the second movie he pens.

The film will star British actress Rosamund Pike who has starred in fan favourites like Gone Girl, Die Another day (James Bond) and Jack Reacher as Brigitte Kuhlmann, one of the extremists together with Daniel Bruhl best known for his role as the villain Zemo in Captain America Civil War. Nonso Anozie who has acted as a Ugandan (with a name unknown to any of our cultures) before in the movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will portray Iddi Amin.

The trailer starts off with Pike and Bruhl's characters, Brigitte Kuhlmann and Wilfried Bose hijacking the Air France jet with guns and grenades. This is followed by a message that is given to the international revolutionary movements to take notice of the struggles of the Palestinian people.

Then the statement "Welcome to Entebbe Uganda". The rest of trailer is a montage mixture of bad guy and good guy scenes that we are yet to see in full including the iconic and epic low flying stealth entrance of the Israelite forces into Uganda. 

Noticeable in the trailer is the juxtaposition of the Israelite military capabilities and Uganda's. The trailer shows off a superiority of the Israelites over Ugandans. What may seem to be the best statement made in the trailer is in a conversation between two Israeli officials on how they should rescue their captured citizens. The statement shows how the Pearl Of Africa was belittled.

"You want to invade Uganda, Shimon?" one character asks.

"We'll give it back to them when we leave", Shimon, played by Eddie Marsan, replied.

Another noticeable issue in the trailer is Nonso Anozie's portrayal of Iddi Amin. Two issues stand out. In the trailer, Amin seems to be serious which was not at all a characteristic of the violent dictator. Usually, he was either joking around or furious at someone. In one of the scenes, Amin seems to be friendly.

This is almost true. The thing is that Idi Amin had glibness and superficial charm which he could not hide. As he acted friendly, one could notice the psychopath in him.

The 1981 Amin: The Rise and Fall best portrayed the psychopath Idi Amin that many who lived under his rule would recognise. The second and very obvious issue is the English. Anozie's Idi Amin seems to have the best English in the world of Motion picture. Which is not a good thing. Iddi Amin was not a good English speaker. When he spoke English, it was hilarious. Even comedic and could have contributed to his superficial charm.

In the movie Raid On Entebbe, a woman lost her life due to the fact that she corrected his English. 

7 days in Entebbe will not be the first movie to tell the story of what happened at Entebbe in 1976. Before it was Raid On Entebbe that was released in 1977. It is too early to compare the two but Raid On Entebbe set a standard.

The success of 7 days in Entebbe will surely be judged on how it fares against the old timer. Hopefully, this espionage/infiltration/conspiracy film is mind-blowing and epic in all proportions but for now, we can only cross our fingers.