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<spoilers...although given this is a historical event, giving this warning is a bit silly>
The thing that is truly amazing about this incident is that despite the fact that the French commandos were forced to make what amounted to a frontal assault on the airliner which contained four heavily armed terrorists (with pistols, grenades, and automatic weapons) and which was jammed with over 170 passengers and crew, none of the French police or hostages died. Some of the commandos were badly hurt but despite a prolonged gun battle in a confined space full of people, only the four terrorists were killed.
That in my opinion, places this incident in the same league as the daring Israeli rescue operation at Entebbe.Read more ›
That being said, I thought every aspect of the assault phase of the movie was incredibly filmed and is very intense. The attention given to events leading up to the assault was well done without belaboring it. These scenes let the viewer know what is going on in a concise manner and then the movie moves on.
Overall a very good movie and I highly recommend 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: No f-bombs, 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 Islamic 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 ›
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This is a good movie, great action, but the dubbing is god awful. It would have been way better subtitled, the voice actors are horrific.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
riveting movie! builds to a fantastic climax. well acted and the battle scenes are astounding. see it and enjoy a tense, captivating film.Published 22 months ago by dvd man
This is an okay documdrama about a very important event, namely the hijacking by the Armed Islamic Group of an Air France airliner in Algiers on Christmas Eve,1994. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by David D. MANLEY