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4.0 out of 5 stars SOX THE FOX THROWS SOME ROCKS
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mostly honest but partially flawed film about the terrorist attack which was the "prototype" of September 11 attacks
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...
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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
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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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
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars A mostly honest but partially flawed film about the terrorist attack which was the "prototype" of September 11 attacks, 25 Nov 2013
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Maciej "Darth Maciek" (Darth Maciek is out there...) - See all my reviews
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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). French government in the meantime correctly guessed that if the hijackers insisted so much on flying to Paris, it was in order to crash the plane on the city, most probably on some particularly prestigious target...

The attack by GIGN was a great success. All terrorists were killed. Nine GIGN commandos were wounded (two of them very badly) as were thirteen hostages (one seriously) - but all wounded commandos and civilians eventually recovered. The GIA didn't try anymore hijackings of French planes - instead, it launched in 1995 a campaign of bombing terrorist attacks in Paris, which lasted until the capture or death of all terrorists involved in them.

2. The film.

First, let's stress that this is a French film, so it suffers from some peculiarities typical in modern French cinema: it is veeery sloooooow, everybody seems terminally depressed, there is no humour, people always speak in the same monotonous way no matter what just happens on the screen, nobody seems to really believe in what he/she is doing, etc, etc.

Also, the director decided to use a technical trick - the colours are toned down on purpose. It is not exactly a black and white film, but most of it is kind of... greyish. It is certainly artistically interesting, and with time it is possible to get used to it, but initially it is really annoying.

But the worst and completely unnecessary thing is the character of Carole Jeanton, a staff member of one of the ministries involved in the management of this crisis, who somehow is the only one to know what is happening and must of course struggle with all her completely incompetent superiors to convince them that the terrorists want actually to crash their plane on Paris. As far as I know the real story, such a character never existed and the security specialists in charge of the file, beginning with the Minister of Interior Charles Pasqua himself, did a PERFECT JOB during this crisis - so why the heck change the story and take a dump on them!? "All people in charge are incompetent so the little guy/gal who knows everything must force them to do what he/she knows to be the right thing" - this is such a STUPID and unnecessary cliché!

Some things about planning the assault and also some details of the real attack clearly COULDN'T be divulged to the public and I totally understand that, but what I really would like to see in this kind of film is at least one meeting of the crisis management team and also how the different cogs and wheels in state machinery start moving once a really bad crisis begins - but you will not see it here. Instead you will have Carole Jeanton knowing everything from the beginning and then instructing her obviously soooo stoooopid bosses about what must be done - and that is it.

On another hand all the scenes on board of the hijacked plane are EXCELLENT! That aspect of the film is a great success. The final assault is very well filmed, extremely dramatic and seems very realistic. Actors were all unknown to me, but they did a good job, especially those who played the terrorists and Thierry Prungnaud, the leader and point-man of the first assault team.

Bottom line, this is a honest watch, which could have been much better, worth seeing for many reasons not the least of which is the heartening message - if only the good guys make a honest effort, the evil people are certain to be defeated. And that is an encouraging thought...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blisteringly real, 20 Jan 2013
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Mr. Warren M. Fisher (East Grinstead, West Sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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
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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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Steven Jenkins "Jenko" (Shropshire England) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, 16 May 2013
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Very good movie, recommended for action movie lovers I would say. Very well researched, focusing in the action while avoiding getting caught in ideological considerations (like de-humanising the terrorists).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid french flick, 4 Jan 2013
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As for the blu-ray quality, there is a slight grain throughout but the sharpness of the picture makes up for that. It was the same price as the dvd so was worth it.
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