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The Assault (2010)

L'assaut (original title)
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Based on a true story, a SWAT team is tasked with storming a hijacked Air France plane to save its passengers.

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Julien Leclercq

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Elbaz ... Thierry
Grégori Derangère ... Commandant Denis Favier
Mélanie Bernier ... Carole
Aymen Saïdi ... Yahia
Chems Dahmani Chems Dahmani ... Mustapha
Mohid Abid Mohid Abid ... Makhlouf
Djanis Bouzyani Djanis Bouzyani ... Salim
Marie Guillard ... Claire
Naturel Le Ruyet Naturel Le Ruyet ... Emma
Philippe Bas Philippe Bas ... Didier snipper GIGN
Philippe Cura Philippe Cura ... GIGN 1
Grégoire Taulère Grégoire Taulère ... GIGN 2
Charlie Costillas Charlie Costillas ... Jeune recrue GIGN 1
Ludovic Meacci Ludovic Meacci ... Jeune recrue GIGN 2
Laurent Paillot Laurent Paillot ... Administratif GIGN
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Based on a true story, a SWAT team is tasked with storming a hijacked Air France plane to save its passengers.

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Monday 26th December 1994. Marigname Airport See more »


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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

9 March 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El asalto See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,342,738
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1.85 : 1
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Gripping and historically accurate.
8 January 2013 | by celrSee all my reviews

I was fascinated and totally on the edge of my seat for this one. Despite flaws in the production and irrelevant scenes involving one of the GIGN member's wife and little daughter, included obviously for the sake of emotional pull, this film is an accurate reenactment of the Air France hijacking of 1994 and subsequent raid to free the hostages. This film is a stark reminder why we have to endure airport security and how crazy these Muslim religious fanatics are.

The movie had a made-for-TV quality and could have done with higher production values; perhaps the budget was limited. The version I saw had dubbed voices which made the acting seem worse than it really was. I think it would be a lot better in French with subtitles. A lot of the technical details of the planning of the raid were just not explained, no doubt the film makers were more interested in dramatic effect. But the fact that it was an accurate reenactment of real events made these flaws appear minor and the events more gripping.

At one point the French Government tries to appease the Terrorists by giving them a large sum of money without any hint or assurance that the hostages would be released. I said to myself, "Did that really happen? I mean, could they be that dumb?" Those leery of French politics will just have to groan and say "Not again!" But then at the time they didn't have the lessons of 9/11 to inform them.

All in all I was immersed in this film and was quite willing to overlook its minor flaws in light of the important lessons it teaches. Historical accuracy counts for a lot in this kind of drama.


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