Christmas Eve, 1994. In war-torn Algiers, four men uniformed as border guards hijack Air France Flight 8969, foreboding doom for all 220 passengers. But on their arrival in Marseilles, the elite French SWAT force waits to avert tragedy…. Based on the harrowing true story of one of the most successful anti-terrorist operations in history, and incorporating actual news footage, this action-packed thriller from Julien Leclercq (Chrysalis) is packed with heart-pounding intensity. –Tribeca Film Festival
This French hostage thriller based on a true story is stuck somewhere between shakycam docudrama and fist-pumping anti-terrorist action flick - as a result, it will likely please fans of neither. The desaturated cinematography also means there's only two colors in the entire film, blue and gray. Worst of all, the editing plays so fast and loose that it leads to several gaffes and unintentionally hilarious moments.