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Assault [Blu-ray]

Vincent Elbaz , Grégori Derangère , Julien Leclercq    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Vincent Elbaz, Grégori Derangère, Mélanie Bernier, Philippe Bas, Aymen Saïdi
  • Directors: Julien Leclercq
  • Producers: Julien Leclercq, Julien Madon
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007WQA884
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,924 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Incredibly intense and meticulously researched, The Assault is a vividly realistic portrayal of the true-life events that gripped a TV audience of over 21 million viewers on Saturday December 24th 1994.

It’s Christmas Eve 1994. A flight from Algiers bound for Paris is hijacked and 227 passengers are taken hostage by a militant group of heavily armed Islamic terrorists. The authorities’ only hope of saving the passengers is to enlist the GIGN, an elite special-forces unit. But it’s a deadly mission of survival that will escalate into a violent confrontation that’s both brutal and moving. Directed by Julien Leclerq, The Assault stars Vincent Elbaz, Gregori Derangere, Melanie Bernier, Aymen Saidi and Marie Guillard.

The kind of serious, adult action movie that the US and the UK struggle to make." The Guardian

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SOX THE FOX THROWS SOME ROCKS 10 July 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is the story on how France in 1994 was able to avoid their "9-11" tragedy. Unfortunately the lessons learned from this incident didn't prevent our 9-11 as some critics have claimed it should have done. This story is told from 3 points of view. One is from the action on the plane itself in the runway in Algeria. The second is told from the story of Thierry (Vincent Elbaz) the French GIG (SWAT team) leader. The third and most important is the story of Carole (Mélanie Bernier) an assistant in the foreign minister's office. She was the one who realized this was really a suicide mission and there was no negotiating with the GIA terrorist group. She oversteps her authority and steps on a few toes in order to prevent a take off. I believe her role was a bit of a dramatization, but it made the film watchable as we end up with a woman, who is given no credit, saving Paris from burning.

The story was good paced drama-thriller. The voice overs were no better than 1960 Italian film voice overs and has been an on going problem for every French film I have seen in the past few year. I know there are people who can do better voice overs.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars L'Assaut 9 Aug 2012
French Movie detailing real life event that occured back in 1994
A chilling plot pre-dating 9/11 that could have had similar consequences, but for the efforts of GIGN, the French
equivalent of the SAS.
It's an engaging movie for fans of this genre, a little dark & moody & from what I know of the actual event, pretty accurate in it's
portrayal of what happened. The slowish build up keeps you interested & includes some human-interest to flesh out the "main" character a bit - it then builds to it's inevitable adrenalin-rush climax.
I liked it :)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is an interesting, although partially flawed, French film about a tragic terrorist attack and a spectacularly succesful anti-terrorist operation. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

1. The real story.

On 24 December 1994, at Houari Boumedienne Airport of Algiers in Algeria, four armed men dressed and acting as Algerian presidential police boarded Air France Flight 8969 bound to depart for Orly Airport of Paris, France. Moments after they dropped the act and took the control of the plane, revealing that they were not police, but "mujahideen" of Groupe Islamique Armé (GIA), the most radical of Muslim extremists guerillas waging in those times jihad against Algerian regime in order to establish an "islamic state" in Algeria.

The leader of hijackers, Abdul Abdullah Yahia, initially requested that inprisoned Algerian islamist leaders, Abassi Madani and Ali Belhadj, are released. When that was rejected, he requested that the plane is allowed to take off and fly to Paris. When Algerian authorities refused, the terrorists murdered successively three passengers: an Algerian policeman, a Vietnamese diplomat and finally a young French man, Yannick Beugnet, who worked as cook for the French embassy in Algiers. After this third murder, acting on request of French authorities, Algerian government agreed to let the plane take off - but with only enough fuel to make it to Marseille...

Once arrived to Marseille, the hijackers asked for the re-fueling in order to continue towards Paris - but after long negotiations what they got instead was the attack by French elite anti-terrorist unit, the Groupement d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale (GIGN).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blisteringly real 20 Jan 2013
By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE
The best spec ops film since 'Black Hawk Down'. Gritty, authentic and utterly compelling - this is an instant classic. Relentless and unparalleled, this is impossible to resist, a gripping account of one of the first shots fired in the war on Islamist terror. An unblinkered tribute to the underrated GIGN, and the sacrifices such men routinely make. Brutal and a great classic (one of the films of the year) to watch and watch again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 7 July 2014
By hamish
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good gripping film. It didnt add any gun slinging action untruths that you might expect in an american film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique! 2 July 2014
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I remember the taking of the hijacked jet and the reports at the time. The French media suggested it was a text book operation. This film shows how messy it was. The special ops team did a great job though. You feel the danger they were under dealing with th terrorists in such a confined space.

Mixed with news footage from the time and no nonsense dialogue this is worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Religious nutters 0 - rest of us 1 10 Mar 2014
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Excellent movie. Fast paced, well acted, shows how religious loonies are impossible to reason with. Also shows that people who act with courage in the face of the enemy, intelligence and forethought are in a minority in our politically correct spineless leadership. Nothing of that aspect has changed since the events portrayed in this film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Counter Terrorist Thriller 20 Feb 2014
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This Assault tells the story of the 1994 Hijacking of Air France Fight 8969 with on lot of focus placed on the elite French counter-terrorist unit: the GIGN. The movie is fast paced and has some cool action but it might have been better if they'd toned down the shaky-cam a bit. My only real gripe however, was the slightly one-sided portrayal of the terrorists. Nonetheless, if you like movies like Who Dares Wins, Executive Decision or Zero Dark Thirty then you'll probably like this.
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