Phelim O'Neill 

The Assault – review

This re-creation of the 1994 Air France hijacking delivers serious intensity, writes Phelim O'Neill
  
  

A taught re-creation of the 1994 Air France Flight 8969 hijacking. The no-frills narrative flits around three vantage points: the lead terrorist, the government negotiator and the point man for the French elite counter-terrorism squad. Director Leclercq, who delivered promising low-budget sci-fi film Chrysalis, builds up the pressure leading to the inevitable storming, and it's hard not to get caught up. The characters are drawn with lean precision: there's no time for grandstanding speeches, and very little sentimentality. The kind of serious, adult action movie that the US and UK struggle to make.

 

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