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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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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 :)
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: 1 f-bomb, sex, or nudity.
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).Read more ›
Because of the season the hijacking and eventually the assault that ended it was superceeded by other important local news stories from all over the world but this was followed intently by the French public,and was a foretaste of 9 / 11 a few years later.
I found the film pretty factual (little has come out in the intervening years to dramatically disprove the main thrust of the director's version of events) but of course some dramatic licence has been used to add some colour to the chain of events,such as the invention of a female government official who seemed to know the hijackers agenda and pushed her theory throughout.
My congratulations to Julien Leclercq,the director, for bringing to the screen this stunning depiction of the successful termination of the siege.The final assault was terrifically filmed and made up for any slowness in the overall story which to be honest was a bit pedestrian.
But it was worth a watch if you don't expect Hollywood-style drama and pace at every turn.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well done. Keeps the tension going until the end. Well worth a watch.Published 29 days ago by S Ablett
i was taken aback, it was better than expected! brilliant acting and atmosphere. if I had read the book I would not been able to put it down. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is based on a true story but I did not like it . It was ok.Published 4 months ago by christian
Carole Jeanton should have vital role in whole plot, yet, director fail to express the importance of her role,
Actors lacking interaction, it seem the whole team of GIGN do... Read more
A fine film: thought provoking particularly on the first anniversary of Charlie Hebdo.Published 6 months ago by lavori domestici