The 1976 hijack of an Air France flight by two members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and two German members of the Revolutionary Cells: it is material that would seem ideally suited to the muscular, if thunderously unsubtle directing style of Brazilian director José Padilha.
But although this bullish drama culminates in what has been described as one of the most daring rescue attempt missions in history, the third act tips over from bombastic to bonkers. Padilha decides that a nail-biting rescue attempt by Israel’s Idf forces isn’t enough on its own. What the climax needs is to be carved up and intercut with a contemporary dance performance. It’s both inexplicable and intensely irritating. Padhila repeatedly yanks us out of the drama, deflating the tension each time.