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7 Days in Entebbe

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All the tension of a daring military raid has somehow been drained from this historical drama based on the 1976 hostage rescue in Uganda by Israeli commandos. With a better script and bigger budget, director Jose Padhila and screenwriter Gregory Burke could have made an effective thriller. But neither is in evidence here, nor is there a vital historical or moral context. Instead the film attempts to give a sympathetic gloss to two German leftists (Daniel Bruhl and Rosamund Pike) who, as affiliates of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, helped plan the hijacking that kicked off the crisis.

Watch out for: Occasional gun and physical violence, fleeting gore and a single use of rough language.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13

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