The Attack is based on the novel by Yasmina Khadra. It is a story of love, betrayal, and politics. It is set in Tel Aviv, Israel and about an Arab husband who has to face the truth about himself when tragedy strikes close to his home.
Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman) is a successful surgeon living with his wife Siham (Reymond Amsalem) among Jewish friends and coworkers. He assumes that this setup shields him from racial or cultural conflicts. In the first half of The Attack, he receives an award for his achievements but everything changes when a terrorist attack strikes in the neighboring town.
From a very successful doctor, Amin becomes a widower and the suspect of the attack. Tension builds up as the confident surgeon finds his confidence dwindling during the investigation of his wife’s supposed role in the terrorist attack.
Amin puts his life in danger to find out the truth about his wife. This triggers several flashbacks that showed their relationship throughout the years. Viewers see the couple fall in love as well as a mysterious aura enveloping Siham.
Viewers find Amin’s journey gripping as he struggle between two worlds. One is the possibility that his wife is linked to an act of terrorism and then one that link them to an act of bravery and heroism. As he continues to look for answers, he discovers the truth about his wife as well as himself.
Filmmaker Ziad Doueiri utilizes a character-based storyline to show the cultural, racial and political complications in the Middle East. The Attack is also about the emotional distance between the married couple as well as the cultural differences of people belonging in the same culture.
The Attack is good until it reaches the conclusion, which falls flat. At the end of his journey, Amin is given most of the answers he is seeking. It seems like some of the questions are resolved easily in the end.