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6 Days (2017)

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In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of ... See full summary »

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In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of highly trained soldiers from the SAS prepared for a raid the world had never seen. Written by GFC

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In "6 Days" ; Dellow, is played by Martin Shaw. In the movie "The Final Option" ( known in the UK as "Who Dares Wins" ), which features a similar but fictitious siege ; SAS Captain Peter Skellen, is played by Lewis Collins. From 1977 to 1983, they played anti-terrorist agents from CI5, in the UK TV series "The Professionals". See more »

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The embassy was taken on the 30th April 1980. When the terrorists first enter there is a Nissan Cherry parked outside (TNN 998W) - however W regs were not issued until 1st August 1980. See more »

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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 21 November 2017 (2017) See more »

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21 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

I'm not sure if this is supposed to be an actual account of what happened, a loose fitting adaptation, or an interpretation, but as is its only mildly interesting and doesn't deliver as an entertainment piece.

'Deepwater Horizon' and 'Patriots Day' are two recent examples of what can be done with big screen adaptations of modern day disasters, and even though the budgets are considerably off scale, the difference in production from dramatisation is enormous.

This film is OK, there is nothing to compel you to invest any real interest in it as the story rolls slowly along. Aside from the actual storming of the embassy on day six there are no significant differences from day one to day six in the story. There is very little development, real progress or advances in the plot. The position of the hostage takers, the news crews, the government and the military is largely static and what we really see is an elasticated period of negotiations where the same demands are issued, no quarter is given, but no development occurs. It makes for pretty boring viewing.

The SAS look more like a rag tag bunch of weekend rejects than a well trained elite squad, and by they time they've stormed the building they may as well be a bunch of my mates on a paint-balling weekend. I won't go into detail as I don't want to include spoilers but its a tragic depiction of the British Armed Forces. They are made to look disorganised, amateur and incompetent, a total insult to their exceptional operation.

The actual story is tedious. There are a few moments of excitement but it simply isn't enough to relay events as they happened and expect an exciting movie to unfold as a consequence. This film is like a Tandoori Chicken meal where the chef forgot add chilli. A bland rendering with no bite, flavour, or intrigue.

Most of the roles are fairly minor with very little added on a personal level of any sort. The only insight or depth we get is from a few characters two of whom are hostage takers played by Ben Turner and Aymen Hamdouchi. The other is with Max, the chief inspector played by Mark strong. With the exception of Abbie Cornish who plays Kate Adie with all the intensity of a cardboard cut-out, the performances are pretty solid, but again there are no big parts here and most of the cast has little more to do that stand around uttering overly British phrases through thick moustaches.

I didn't like it because it doesn't work as entertainment on anything but a average level; if they wanted an information piece they would have been better served making a documentary. I've no idea what the producers and the director where trying to achieve here but unless mediocrity was their intention, I'd consider it a failure.

I don't recommend it.


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