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The Assault

The Assault

The Assault

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Vincent Elbaz, Gregori Derangère, Mélanie Bernier

year: 2010

colour: yes

certificate:

director: Julien Leclercq

runtime: 90

An action packed thriller, "The Assault" is the gripping true story of the hijacking of a Paris-bound flight on Christmas Eve 1994, and the 48-hour effort to rescue the passengers. When four heavily armed Islamic terrorists hijack a Paris-bound Air France flight on the runway, 227 innocent lives hang in the balance. Their only chance of rescue is the determined French GIGN's (the elite counter-terrorism paramilitary unit of the French National Gendarmerie), called on to break the standoff and storm the plane. "The Assault" is a harrowing tale that captures the claustrophobic tension on board, and in strategy sessions with the government and the GIGN, until 48 hours later it reaches its final outcome, played out during an intense battle onboard the narrow confines of an aircraft.

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