6 DAYS tells the true story of the 1980 siege of Iran’s London embassy. For reasons that I do not fully understand, an Iranian-terrorist group attacked and took control of the Iranian embassy in London- there is a bizarre irony to one of the world’s leading terorrist-supporting nations itself being the target of a terrorist attack like this. Indeed, this attack on Iran’s London embassy came at the same time as the Iranian regime was itself supporting an attack on the American embassy in Iran.

That background context just makes me more convinced than ever that the area between the Jordan River and Nanga Parbat is just a cesspool of awful Governments and awful oppression and general awfulness towards human rights: it certainly has a track record of exporting a lot of terrorism over the last fifty years. It is likely that the embassy attackers were supported by the Iraqi Government, adding to the general chaos of the region.

The movie is fine, but it’s not deeply exciting. The movie just seemed plod along, without much tension. I agree very much with Cath Clarke’s review in The Guardian:

Toa Fraser’s real-life hostage thriller about the 1980 siege of the Iranian embassy in London (it skipped a cinema release and arrives on Netflix on 3 November) is thoughtful, well-made, with a couple of excellent performances – and just a bit dull. Told with not quite enough suspense, its pin stays firmly in the grenade as six armed men storm the embassy in Kensington, taking 26 hostages and demanding the release of prisoners in southern Iran.

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