The new film by Toa Fraser, called 6 days, is based on the true-life events of the Iranian embassy in London. In my opinion, this is well filmed and ever so slightly boring as the film lacks some suspense in places where-as it seems to rely heavily on Max Vernon’s (Mark Strong) negotiation with the terrorists.
Still, its good to see Jamie Bell in a film which isn’t completely awful, and to see him in a role which isn’t awfully edgy or some sort of man child role. It’s good to see him in a serious role as a member of the SAS who leads his team in to an embassy that has been taken over by terrorists, planning the siege of the building while being given contradictory advice.
Mark Strong also plays a strong role of the police negotiator, who is driven to solving the crisis with a peaceful end and building a rapport with the terrorists to unwittingly buy time for the SAS, while contending with the terrorists constantly threatening to kill the hostages, while everything is being reported on by the nation-wide news such as BBC’s Kate Adie, (Abbie Cornish).
The film (as the title states) takes place over 6 days and from multiple viewpoints; the police whose job it is to negotiate with the terrorists, the SAS who are planning the siege and the higher ups in the government such as MI5 and MI6, military colonel and the late Tim Pigott-Smith as the home secretary, who all have conflicting plans on how to deal with the situation and Thatcher’s refusal to deal with terrorists by sending in the SAS.
Even though the film is dull in places, the best scenes involve the SAS. Jamie Bell’s role as a team leader is one of his best roles to date in my opinion as his character is serious and focused with a mix of arrogance. There are also many tense moments such as the moment they are all geared up to storm the embassy only to be told to stand down and go back to sitting in front of the TV watching the snooker whilst smoking until they receive more orders.
The most impressive thing I found about the film was the ability to build suspense with the audio as the music helps to build the atmosphere of the severity of the siege and when mixed with the calm but heavy breathing of the soldiers, it really shows the professionalism of the soldiers to keep calm in such a high-pressure situation. This shows that audio is a vital part of such films. With this film being in the 1980’s, the attention to detail is pretty spot on (I’m guessing that it is, having not being born in the 80’s). These details being the cars, the cameras, the effects of the TV screens and the posh looking well-spoken news reporters.
So, in my opinion, 6 Days is a really good film with great characters. Yes, it has dull moments but they are needed for the continuity of the film and development of the characters. It is also a good recreation of the events that unfolded (again, guessing, having not being born in the 80’s). Definitely a great film for military film lovers.