Enjoyable Psychlogical Drama Spoilt by Unnecessary Arty Modern Dance Scenes
- Entebbe review by PV
I don't know whose idea it was to try and link modern dance routines and rehearsals - a tenuous link via the girlfriend of one of the Israeli soldiers - to a raid by Israel of terrorists hijacking a plane and taking it to Uganda when ruled by mad monster Idi Amin, but may I suggest they go and stay in a Ugandan prison for a while? That'll make it real...
Anyway, as a film maybe not as good as the 1976 RAID ON ENTEBBE or THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND or a drama-documentary I saw about this raid.
BUT this is always a story worth telling - as Israel fights the Islamist terrorists who want to destroy it and all Jews.
The review here that claims Israel 'stole' Palestinian land is nonsense! The land did NOT belong to them at all - and Palestine was only a country under the British. 700,000 Jews used to live in all the surrounding Muslim-ruled states (Iran, Iraq, Syria etc) - they had to leave and had all their property stolen by Arabs who want to kill them. GOOD FOR ISRAEL! It will NEVER be destroyed by Islamofascist Nazi terrorists like Hammas, and if they try then they'll end up like the saddo terrorists here.
It's always good to cheer on Israel, the ONLY democracy in the Middle East with human rights unlike ANY Muslim country in the entire world. I think Palestinian huggers need to so their research and read some history actually - they're as bad as the hard left German terrorists here. AND the Palestinians here hate Jews, end of, like so many leftists in the West too.
Anyway, I liked some psychological drama here with the silly naïve German lefties realising their lives and actions and stupid and pointless.
Interesting information on screen too, and a link to Netanyahu I didn't know.
This would have been 4 stars but all the modern dance references, rehearsals and scenes make me wince - I HATE modern dance with a passion and it's about as welcome in this movie as a Palestinian terrorist at a Bah Mitzva.
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Watch the original!
- Entebbe review by KF
Well, I have to say that I thought this was a pretty poor anaemic effort. The hijackers lacked menace and throughout there was a lack of tension, panic and danger. No one's strong personality shone through. And perhaps I'm missing something but I also thought that the ballet scene inserts were luvvie nonsense and totally inappropriate. Nevertheless, it's a story worth telling (again!)
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Surprisingly well balanced and a well made film!
- Entebbe review by CS
Entebbe, the story of when after having their land stolen by the Israelis, the Palestinians fight back! I thought this was going to be typical Israeli propaganda nonsense, but to my surprise it was actually very balanced in its political viewpoint, showing why this happened and the reasons behind the politics which created such an event in the first place. The German members of the Badher Meinhoff Gang who initiated the hijack were really just used by the Palestinians as pawns in a game and it just goes to show how pathetic and superfluous such terrorist actions can be in the bigger game of Politik! Throughout there is a side story of the relationship between one of the Israeli soldiers and his girlfriend who is a dancer and we keep getting shown scenes of her dancing with her group who are singing in Modern Hebrew. This constant cutting from the real action, to her dancing is very off-putting, inappropriate and ruins the drama, especially towards the end of the film where the rescue takes place! I am presuming that because the film seems to sympathise with or at least tell the Palestinian side of the story in an open and honest manner, the film makers felt that for balance they needed to show an Israeli viewpoint too through the dance, but Israelis, Hebrews and Jews are in fact not the same thing at all! If this relationship and the dancing were cut from the film entirely, then the film would have been very good indeed and a lot more balanced, but the dancing just ruins it, especially towards the end! How accurate the film is to real events no one will know, because the Palestinians and a large number of Africans too were killed by the Israelis, so no-one was actually left to tell their side of the story, which again makes it even more surprising how well balanced the political viewpoint shown in this film actually was! Perhaps for more balance now, they will make a film about all the extremist acts Israeli Terrorists have committed against innocent people too!
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