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The Assault (2012)



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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 of the tough SWAT officer and father Thierry (Vincent Elbaz), the determined jihadist from the slums of Algiers (Aymen Saidi), and an overly ambitious French Interior Ministry worker. -- (C) Screen Mediamore
Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Julien Leclercq, Simon Moutairou
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Grégori Derangère
as Commandant Denis Fav...
Chems Dahmani
as Mustapha
Mohid Abid
as Makhlouf
Charlie Costillas
as Young GIGN 1
Ludovic Meacci
as Young GIGN 2
Laurent Paillot
as Administrative GIGN
Louis Arene
as Solignac's Assistant
Hugues Martel
as Director of Orsay
Herve Dubourgal
as Director of Beauvau
Francois Lescurat
as Expert in Planes
Abdelhafid Metalsi
as Ali Touchent
Jean-Philippe Puymar...
as Pilot of the Plane
Marc Robert
as Mechanic on the Plan...
Samira Sedira
as Leïla's Mother
Lounès Tazairt
as Leïla's Father
Nicholas Melocco
as Yannick Beugnet
Farid Badaoui
as Algerian Policeman
Bing Yin
as Vietnamese Hostage
Zohra Benali
as Yahia's Mother
Kader Kada
as Algerian Ninja
Fatima Adoum
as 1st Class Woman Pass...
Lassâad Salaani
as Alger Cleaner
Bruno Seznec
as Airport Director
Thierry Pietra
as DST Agent
David Sevier
as Copilot of the Plane
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Critic Reviews for The Assault

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | April 6, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 5, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 5, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 3, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 3, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

The staging is meticulous.

Full Review… | April 22, 2012
Observer [UK]

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.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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