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Good quality drama with some limitations
on 9 January 2015
In the 1990's Algerian militants hijacked an Air France flight on the runway in Algiers. For a time the local authorities wouldn't allow the flight to leave, but under French pressure they eventually allowed the aircraft to transit to Marseilles where GIGN police commandos assaulted the aircraft. This film is the true(-ish) story of the hijacking and its eventual resolution.
There are three main strands to the story, the first concerns the drama on the aircraft itself, the second the efforts of politicians and civil-servants in Paris to manage the situation and the third concerns the struggle of one GIGN operator and his family to come to terms with the constant pressure and uncertainty of the job. All of these are well handled, but the Paris section is the weakest of the three and has a scene that stretched my suspension of disbelief to breaking point. The drama is compelling, the performances are excellent and the action scenes suitably exciting. That said, it's not a full-on Hollywood actioner, so don't be expecting another Die Hard. It's far closer in tone to the Scandi crime dramas that have been so popular on TV in the UK recently.
My main reservation was the visual tone of the film, the washed-out, desaturated colour palette is initially distracting but eventually became plain irritating.
The version that I watched was subtitled, which I prefer to the dubbed option whenever possible. The subtitling seemed good but even my limited French picked up some unlikely translations.