Revolving around the real-life hijacking of an airplane on a French runway on Boxing Day in 1994, The Assault was released in France last year and is set to make its US debut next month.

The first US trailer and poster have surfaced, courtesy of Apple, ahead of its limited theatrical release, and they promise an action-fuelled thriller that should make for a high-tension viewing experience on the big screen.

“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.”

I have to admit, the real-life hijacking is one that I hadn’t ever heard of before. But I was four and a half years old at the time, so I may let myself off the hook for that.

Directed and co-written by Julien Leclerq, based on the original book by Roland Môntins and Gilles Cauture, this French-language action-thriller (originally titled L’assaut in French) is set for a limited theatrical release in the US on 6th April. I’d imagine that that limited release is probably an indication that we won’t be getting to see it in cinemas here in the UK, but here’s to hoping that it will arrive on our shores on DVD/Blu-Ray later this year, because it looks like an interesting premise executed well from this first US trailer.

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