A soppy movie shot through with danger
ROSAMUND PIKE is one of the cleverest and wittiest actresses of our time, as she showed in the wonderful An Education. And it is interesting to see the 1970s, that lost decade, so meticulously recreated in her new film Entebbe, an OK but flawed account about the hijacking of an Air France jet.
The great thing about Entebbe was that the bravery and skill of the Israeli commandos meant almost all the hostages were saved, and the terrorists were killed. This was a distinct turn for the better in an era when hijackers far too often got away with their crimes.
Nobody wept or wondered if this had been the right thing to do. These disgusting people, Germans among them, had actually separated the Jewish passengers from the others. They were bad enough before they did that. After they did it, they had passed into a zone of evil from which there can be no return.
But there is something dangerously soppy about the film’s attitude towards the hijackers. Sure, they were human. That is precisely why their actions deserved to be ended and punished with violent death. Because they knew better.
The film’s apparent belief that negotiation, even with such people, is a good thing is simply untrue. It is precisely because we have talked to and rewarded so many terrorists, from the PLO to the IRA, that terrorism continues to flourish.
If all terrorists died as the Entebbe criminals died, there would be a lot less terror.