News Tuesday, October 3rd

The latest big-budget SAS film drops in the UK next month

News Tuesday, October 3rd

The latest big-budget SAS film drops in the UK next month

Streaming giant Netflix is the latest studio to take on that iconic image of Hereford’s Finest lowering themselves down a whitewashed London embassy building in the 80s, in what was the SAS’ best-known rescue mission.

Hitting small screens November 3, 6 Days sees an all-grown-up Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) star as Blue Team leader Rusty Firmin. It follows numerous cinematic attempts to tell the story of the Iranian Embassy Siege, where 26 people had been taken hostage by a group demanding the release of 90 arab prisoners in Iran.

The BBC produced a documentary shortly after the Regiment’s daring rescue operation in 1980, which was then followed up by Hollywood’s version, Who Dares Wins, which was largely inspired by the events in Kensington two years’ earlier.

We’ve had various Chris Ryan-adaptions hitting the silver screen in the years since – but this is the first film to heavily feature the British Special Forces since the recent run of popular Are You Tough Enough—style reality shows that get accountants to pitch tents in the rainforest while a Scotsman shouts at them.

6 Days landed in the States last month, and the reviews haven’t been all that. But then again the Americans’ idea of a good hostage rescue movie features a Latino Ben Affleck, and an overweight, Hollywood exec saving the day from his LA living room….

That said, reviews have tended towards it being a biographical thriller that’s heavy on the biography and a little light on the thrill; although the money-scene – everything that happens after the SAS chuck a few flashbangs through the Embassy windows, is very well-handled. And let’s be fair, that’s why you’re going to watch this. That and Mark Strong playing the Met’s top cop.

If the trailer's anything to go by, it's certainly worth one of your Friday nights. Although, don't watch with any current or ex-soldiers, unless you want to spend the half-hour after the film hearing a scene-by-scene monlogue on "that's not actually how we'd do it."

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