The Assault
The Assault (2012)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 6, 2012
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Critic Score
57%
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User Score
47%



Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kyle Smith
New York Post

So gripping and focused that it easily bests Hollywood movies with 50 times its budget.

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David Fear
Time Out New York

Only the overstylized, near-colorless cinematography offers any shades of gray (actually, nothing but shades of gray); everything else is rendered in the most black-and-white way possible.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

Shot in black and white, it is well made and helped by copious research.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

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.

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Phelim O'Neill
Guardian

The kind of serious, adult action movie that the US and UK struggle to make.

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Alison Willmore
AV Club

Brisk and technically efficient, The Assault is a dull film based on a real event that certainly wasn't.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

The staging is meticulous.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

A very robust piece of filmmaking with subtle shades of moral complexity to boot.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
Genuinely surprised by the lack of enthusiasm for this fantastic film. It deserves a lot of love for the way it crafts a tense but realistic thriller. SOmething… More