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The Assault

3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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When four heavily armed Islamic terrorists hijack an Paris-bound Air France flight on the runway, intent on flying into the Eiffel Tower, 227 innocent lives hang in the balance. Their only chance of rescue is a determined SWAT team, called on to break the standoff and storm the plane. Based on true events, The Assault captures the violent and claustrophobic tension onboard events as it builds to the film's thrilling climax.

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  • Actors: Vincent Elbaz, Melanie Bernier
  • Directors: Julien Leclercq
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Screen Media Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007HOQ574
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,828 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Even if you didn't have any knowledge that the events depicted in the film "the Assault" were real, I think you could appreciate this movie as a very well-made action story. But the thing is...it really did happen the way the film showed it (albeit I'm sure with slight fictionalization to compress the story which unfolded over several days in an action packed 90 minutes). Islamic terrorists hijacked a French airliner in 1994 in Algeria, murdered three hostages, and threatened to kill the rest if their demands were not met. And French intelligence agencies came to the sickening conclusion that the terrorists didn't plan to bargain for the release of prisoners or for a ransom. Rather they planned to fly the fully fueled jetliner into Paris and crash it into the Eiffel Tower (an eerie foreshadowing of 9/11). Were it not for the elite French police commando unit storming the aircraft in Marseilles, there could have been a far, far worse tragedy.

<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.
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I enjoyed the movie and am happy I purchased it. The only downside is that the movie has voice-overs in English that detract from the movie as a whole. Whether the character is French, Algerian, etc., they all have American sounding voices and the sound quality with the voice-overs is not what it should have been. If more care had been taken in putting an appropriate voice with each character, it would have made for much better viewing. Fortunately, in the set up section of the Main Menu you can play it using the French soundtrack with English subtitles. I want to thank the first reviewer of this film for cluing me in to that fact. I was so excited to watch the movie when I got it that I just popped it in my DVD player and started watching it. Watching it in French was much better.

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.
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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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WOW!! Just wished it was in French with English sub. I think the move is loosing a lot in translation.
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This is an interesting, although partially flawed, 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 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).
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