6 Days (2017)

A scene of a window on fire from the movie 6 Days.

PLOT: When gunmen storm into London’s Iranian Embassy, SAS (Special Air Service), Margaret Thatcher’s Government and the police have to think fast to save 26 hostages.

When something actually starts happening in 6 Days, on the last day, I can’t help but feel like the BBC News reporter Kate is too much. What’s with the narration? I had to endure watching her watch the action and narrate it to her audience on live TV and then watch Max and the rest of the country watch her watch the action… You get it? I almost hit MUTE to forego her narration.

What would you do if an embassy was hijacked with you inside? This action film’s premise is a 1980 siege of the Iranian Embassy by six gunmen. The only captivating moments for me, in the entire film, were the two or three times SAS was raring to go and the actual raid on the 6th day. For the rest of the movie, it was a back and forth between Salim (the most featured of the six gunmen), Max Vernon (the Metro Police).

I don’t expect to see a movie about London without some greenery amidst the buildings and 6 Days doesn’t disappoint. It has a number of iconic buildings to display for days too.

There was some eye candy too. The handsome 31 year old Jamie Bell plays Rusty Firmin, one of the SAS soldiers. There is a multitude of men in moustaches too. It must have been a British thing in the 80s. Maybe, if the story narrated five days of negotiation between Salim and Max only, and brought in the dramatic raid of SAS only on the final day, it would have done away with the dry spell this action film yields.

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