I'm not sure if this is supposed to be an actual account of whathappened, a loose fitting adaptation, or an interpretation, but as isits only mildly interesting and doesn't deliver as an entertainmentpiece.<br><br>'Deepwater Horizon' and 'Patriots Day' are two recent examples of whatcan be done with big screen adaptations of modern day disasters, andeven though the budgets are considerably off scale, the difference inproduction from dramatisation is enormous.<br><br>This film is OK, there is nothing to compel you to invest any realinterest in it as the story rolls slowly along. Aside from the actualstorming of the embassy on day six there are no significant differencesfrom day one to day six in the story. There is very little development,real progress or advances in the plot. The position of the hostagetakers, the news crews, the government and the military is largelystatic and what we really see is an elasticated period of negotiationswhere the same demands are issued, no quarter is given, but nodevelopment occurs. It makes for pretty boring viewing.<br><br>The SAS look more like a rag tag bunch of weekend rejects than a welltrained elite squad, and by they time they've stormed the building theymay as well be a bunch of my mates on a paint-balling weekend. I won'tgo into detail as I don't want to include spoilers but its a tragicdepiction of the British Armed Forces. They are made to lookdisorganised, amateur and incompetent, a total insult to theirexceptional operation.<br><br>The actual story is tedious. There are a few moments of excitement butit simply isn't enough to relay events as they happened and expect anexciting movie to unfold as a consequence. This film is like a TandooriChicken meal where the chef forgot add chilli. A bland rendering withno bite, flavour, or intrigue.<br><br>Most of the roles are fairly minor with very little added on a personallevel of any sort. The only insight or depth we get is from a fewcharacters two of whom are hostage takers played by Ben Turner andAymen Hamdouchi. The other is with Max, the chief inspector played byMark strong. With the exception of Abbie Cornish who plays Kate Adiewith all the intensity of a cardboard cut-out, the performances arepretty solid, but again there are no big parts here and most of thecast has little more to do that stand around uttering overly Britishphrases through thick moustaches.<br><br>I didn't like it because it doesn't work as entertainment on anythingbut a average level; if they wanted an information piece they wouldhave been better served making a documentary. I've no idea what theproducers and the director where trying to achieve here but unlessmediocrity was their intention, I'd consider it a failure.<br><br>I don't recommend it.
Action / Drama
Action / Drama
In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of highly trained soldiers from the SAS prepared for a raid the world had never seen.
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