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The Assault Reviews

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April 22, 2012
The staging is meticulous.
April 20, 2012
Shot in black and white, it is well made and helped by copious research.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 19, 2012
The kind of serious, adult action movie that the US and UK struggle to make.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 19, 2012
A very robust piece of filmmaking with subtle shades of moral complexity to boot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 6, 2012
Curiously lacking in tension.
April 6, 2012
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
So gripping and focused that it easily bests Hollywood movies with 50 times its budget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 5, 2012
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 5, 2012
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
Brisk and technically efficient, The Assault is a dull film based on a real event that certainly wasn't.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 3, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
April 3, 2012
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.
March 15, 2012
A tension-filled dramatization of the actual hijacking of a French airbus in December 1994.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 27, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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