GRINGO, a dark comedy mixed with white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, explores the battle of survival for businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) when he finds himself crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal.
In July 1976, an Air France flight from Tel-Aviv to Paris via Athens was hijacked and forced to land in Entebbe, Uganda. The Jewish passengers were separated and held hostage in demand to release many terrorists held in Israeli prisons. After much debate, the Israeli government sent an elite commando unit to raid the airfield and release the hostages.
-Additionally, the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland includes the raid as a subplot, and the 1986 film The Delta Force portrays a fictional anti-hijacking operation modeled in part after Operation Entebbe. See more »
The Israeli commandos use brushes to paint the brown Mercedes black, but in subsequent scenes their black Mercedes has a shiny, factory finish. See more »
Drama about terrorists feelings and very little of anything else
After, at least, two movies already made about this hijaking in the past, you'd expect a 2018 film bringing some more details of it and the unbelievable military operation, to light. Otherwise, why make yet another movie about Entebbe?
Well, apparently the moviemakers wanted the audience to see a "human" side of hijackers. 7 days in Entebbe is about how uneasy feelings, grievances and ,believe it of not, attempt at redemption of terrorists.
That's where the focus lays, not on men, women and children under a gun, or Israeli special forces unit which conducted an operation which, since then, never been matched.
At times the movie felt like a second rated prime TV flick than anything else: with poor screenplay, editing, scenery sets and pathetic attempt to depict a battle to free the hostages.
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