The Assault (L'Assaut) trailer hits hard
The Assault is a French film that tells the true story of the hijack of an Air France plane in 1994, the hostage situation that ensued, the political decisions behind the events and the French team, the GIGN, who stormed the plane to rescue those on board.
The trailer looks powerful, intense and with the use of some shocking television footage from the actual hijack, the film looks set to portray the actual events with a shocking realism.
The Assault (L'Assaut) is adapted by Simon Moutairou and Julien Leclercq from the book, according to IMDB written by Roland Môntins and Gilles Cauture, but according to Amazon (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) and the front cover they have it's written by Roland Môntins and Jean-Michel Caradec'h. The film is directed by Julien Leclercq who directed the 2007 film Chrysalis.
Here's the blurb for the film:
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.
It sounds a perfect action film, but the thing to not forget is that it actually happened. I wonder how true to life the film will be? Personally I don't think that it will have to stray too far from reality to provide us with a shocking and tense film, in fact I think it shouldn't.