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  • Summary: 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, the determined jihadist from the slums of Algiers, and an overly ambitious French Interior Ministry worker. (Screen Media Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 6, 2012
    75
    So gripping and focused that it easily bests Hollywood movies with 50 times its budget.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Apr 3, 2012
    70
    Taut, forceful, ritualistic, and all those other flattering adjectives applied to thrillers that actually thrill, this skyjacking docudrama showcases yet another genre (in addition to shock horror) the French are kicking our asses in.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Tumas
    Feb 26, 2012
    63
    The Assault raises many more questions than it answers, and its overall objective is puzzling and remains shrouded in political agenda.
  4. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Feb 26, 2012
    60
    The tense buildup to a blazing, if generic, rescue is the most satisfying part of The Assault, a stylized combo of action and drama from Julien Leclercq.
  5. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Apr 4, 2012
    58
    Brisk and technically efficient, The Assault is a dull film based on a real event that certainly wasn't.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 5, 2012
    50
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Apr 3, 2012
    40
    Despite toggling among the three characters' story lines, the film is barely concerned with the who, what or where of the incidents, much less a deeper why. It simply wants to milk this real-life example of courage (and chaos) under fire for multiplex thrills, reducing everything to a cheap adrenaline rush set to a pulsing soundtrack.

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