Even if you are not one for foreign films, Four Days in September is worth seeing.
The heart of the film does not merely rest within its kidnapping and terrorist moments. It delves into the lives and emotions of each individual and his struggles.
Four Days in September is based loosely on the real kidnapping of an American ambassador to Brazil (Alan Arkin) in September, 1969.
The Brazilian film's profile recently skyrocketed with its Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film.
The plot unfolds as a group of young and naive idealists join together to plot and carry out an event that will win the attention of the world and put an end to the repressive military which has held a muzzle on the media for years. In the end, their idealistic kidnapping scheme brings as many complications as solutions to the story.
Director Bruno Barreto does a phenomenal job of molding the characters and making them human, rather than just political robots.
Barreto does not take sides with the terrorists or the military. He emphasizes the complexity of the issues as well as the human qualities of each character.
If you are more of a Titanic or an Independence Day-type movie-goer, this film may lack the big stars and special affects you are accustomed to seeing.
But if you would like a change from your normal movie night, something with a bit of culture, and if you can sit through subtitles, then go see this movie.