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The Assault (2012)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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On December 24, 1994, when four heavily armed terrorists from the Algerian Armed Islamic Group hijacked an Air France plane bound for Paris at Algiers' airport, the 227 passengers on board seemed destined for tragedy. After hours of tireless negotiations the plane was granted permission to leave only to head to Marseille for refueling. Mindfully avoiding politics and emphasizing only the events themselves, The Assault weaves together the violent and claustrophobic onboard drama, with backstories

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So gripping and focused that it easily bests Hollywood movies with 50 times its budget.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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In place of emotional stakes, we get gleaming, stylized, occasionally slow-motion violence, filmed in such extreme close-ups and cramped spaces that it's impossible to differentiate gunman and victim.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Only the overstylized, near-colorless cinematography offers any shades of gray (actually, nothing but shades of gray); everything else is rendered in the most black-and-white way possible.

April 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The Assault is so tense, it seems to pass in a single held breath-so quickly, in fact, that you don't register its narrative flimsiness until later on.

April 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The staging is meticulous.

April 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Shot in black and white, it is well made and helped by copious research.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The kind of serious, adult action movie that the US and UK struggle to make.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

A very robust piece of filmmaking with subtle shades of moral complexity to boot.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Curiously lacking in tension.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

Exploiting film's visceral, kinetic and pummeling power to the max, this fact-based thriller about the 1994 Algerian terrorist hijacking of a Paris-bound flight is an outstanding achievement in genre entertainment.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Could have been better, had Leclercq resisted to urge to include the soap operatics ... It's solid - but it should have been gripping.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Brisk and technically efficient, The Assault is a dull film based on a real event that certainly wasn't.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

A tension-filled dramatization of the actual hijacking of a French airbus in December 1994.

March 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

Julien Leclercq's The Assault works hard at finding its human factor, the thread linking the cold-blooded facts of the 1994 hijacking by Muslim extremists of Air France Flight 8969 and the people on the plane.

April 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for The Assault

Genuinely surprised by the lack of enthusiasm for this fantastic film. It deserves a lot of love for the way it crafts a tense but realistic thriller. SOmething of a different Christmas movie for me, this recounts the true events of Christmas Eve - Boxing Day 1994, as armed Algerian terrorists take over a plane. We weave in and out of the different facets that must deal with the crisis including those on the plane, the government, and the tactics team that will eventually have to take them down. The film is shot with urgency and perfectly recreates the feeling of dread and despair. Best of all is the historical for this film. People laugh and ignore the woman who believes this to be a suicide mission. Something we most certainly would make our first guess in this day and age. The action is incredible, considering it takes place in such a small space. The climax is repetitive in an invigorating way, as the terrorists and police trade shots without busting out into action heroics. I was completely engrossed by this little gem, which I may make a Christmas regular.
December 22, 2012
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