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The Assault

HD   R Closed Captioning

Julien Leclercq

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Apr 5, 2012

Fresh: 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. – Mark Holcomb, Village Voice, Apr 3, 2012

Fresh: So gripping and focused that it easily bests Hollywood movies with 50 times its budget. – Kyle Smith, New York Post, Apr 6, 2012

Rotten: Brisk and technically efficient, The Assault is a dull film based on a real event that certainly wasn't. – Alison Willmore, AV Club, Apr 5, 2012

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Customer Reviews


THE AWSOME GIGN VS. weak Russians

AWFUL English dubbing

A decent movie ruined by dubbing that is on par with a poor chinese kung-fu movie. Completely ruins the performances.


A movie I was really looking forward to ruined by being horribly dubbed into English. Release the subtitled French version please!

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