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This is a tough watch especially if you keep in mind, that this really happened. Why do people do stuff and what do they expect will happen? And while this is just a movie one can only imagine/fill in the blanks of the rest of the time ... spent in that building. The acting is really good and you can see the struggle of all the characters. Inner and outer struggle.Mark Strong is a terrific actor and we knew that, but even with limited time he conveys so much emotion, you really feel what he's going through. But there are also the people inside, which cannot all be singled out or get a backstory, especially because it's more about the "bad guys" in this. But even in the group of bad guys, there are factions and frictions ... and stuff happens. A template of how to deal with a situation like this? Someone thinks/thought so
Who Dares Wins Was A Far Better Movie and that isnt saying much.Abbie Cornish simply cannot act. Poor , tedious , long drawn out boring remake of an old movie once again.I kinda thought this might be just another rehash with nothing new to tell us - so why make these films?
I am so used to many action movies going over the top with their 'lets kick some asses' type of gung-ho that this was a pleasant change. I remember the siege so well and the dramatic moment the SAS abseiled down from the roof and made entry. Seeing what went on behind the scene, of the frustration of both negotiating team and the soldiers being stood down then back to the front again after the retraining for different scenarios, I found fascinating. Not once did it lose my interest and I was glad the action was not over the top just for effect. The only aspect that let the film down, and big time, was the cringe-worthy portrayal of Kate Adie by an insipid actress, who I doubt had ever studied footage of the lady she was portraying. Miss Adie was not glamorous. She was precise and efficient and very believable. Everything this actress failed to convey. So only 7 stars because of this.
I was somehow shocked when I saw the ratings this movie got. Sure, this movie will not win big awards, or anything like that. But I actually truly enjoyed this picture, as an interesting movie about a historical fact that I didn't really know about due to my young age.The movie doesn't lose time on futile details. It's an honest depiction of what happened over those six days. It starts immediately with the hostage. The movie feels genuine, and not meant as a brutal action movie. Keeping details true to the facts is of course a good thing. But somewhere on the line, they forgot about character development. There were some key characters, but without being really key characters. You could feel they were somehow important to the story, but you never really got a back story on them. The best example is the woman of the BBC. I didn't grew up in the UK, so I never heard of her. After the movie ended, they explained who she was. I think they could have done a lot more with the characters. You just didn't feel an attachment to any of the characters. Same with the terrorists and the negotiator.To be fair, it's not easy to do all this in just 1 hour and half. I genuine feel this movie needed some more screen time. If you enjoy movies based on true stories or historical events, you won't be disappointed.