GenreAction, Thriller Duration LanguageFrench and English
Release dateNovember 12, 2010 (2010-11-12) (Sarlat Film Festival)
January 17, 2011 (2011-01-17) (France) WriterSimon Moutairou, Julien Leclercq, Roland Montins (book), Gilles Cauture (book) Music directorJean-Jacques Hertz, Francois Roy CastVincent Elbaz (Thierry), Mélanie Bernier (Carole), Aymen Saïdi (Yahia), Philippe Bas (un membre du GIGN), Antoine Basler (Solignac), Philippe Cura (Roland Môntins) Similar moviesCrash Landing, Captain Phillips, Non-Stop, A Hijacking, God Forgives... I Don\'t!, Fatal Conflict
The Assault (original title: L'Assaut) is a 2010 French film based on the 1994 hijacking of Air France Flight 8969 by Algerian Islamic fundamentalist terrorists and the raid to free the hostages by the GIGN, the elite counter-terrorism unit of the French National Gendarmerie. It was directed by Julien Leclercq.
Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 57%, based on 14 reviews, with an average score of 5.9/10. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 55, based on 7 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".