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7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE [R] B

Much like with his script for “’71,” the 2014 thriller about a young British soldier separated from his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast, there is the sense that Gregory Burke’s screenplay for “7 Days in Entebbe” offers up a streamlined narrative that highlights the tension in every fragmented moment. The film splices together an examination of the two German revolutionaries (Daniel Brühl and Rosamund Pike) embedded among the terrorists who hijacked an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris and the fierce internal power struggle between Israeli Defense Minister Shimon Peres (Eddie Marsan) and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (Lior Ashkenazi) as the government debates whether or not to send an elite squad on a raid to free the hostages. Director José Padilha (the 2014 “Robocop” remake) capitalizes on the tight construction and the inclusion of symbolic dance sequences to ratchet up the suspense in this muted retelling of a historic situation.