“The Ambush” is the Emirati version of “Black Hawk Down”


“The Ambush” recreates a real-life combat incident from 2018 involving a team of United Arab Emirates soldiers fighting in the war in Yemen. The feature film was directed by world-class action director Pierre Morel (“Taken”, “The Gunman”) and was made with input and support from the UAE military and soldiers who have survived the attack.

The film will get a limited theatrical release on October 28, 2022 and will be available to buy or rent on digital on November 1. Saban Pictures released a trailer.

For those in need of information, the ongoing conflict in Yemen began in 2014 and is between the government and Houthi rebel groups. The Houthis have the support of al-Qaeda and IS, and UAE troops have fought Islamist groups.

The still unresolved conflict has taken a heavy toll on civilian lives, as the Saudi-led coalition carried out more than 150 airstrikes on non-military targets, according to the Yemen Data Project. The air campaign killed more than 24,000 people, including nearly 9,000 civilians.

The United Arab Emirates is roughly the size of Maine and home to Dubai, considered one of the wealthiest and most glamorous cities in the world. Their army is fighting against the insurgents with the discreet support of the American army.

“The Ambush” follows UAE soldiers who are trapped after their armored vehicle is disabled. After the first group of Emirati troops sent to rescue are similarly attacked, their commander plots a dangerous and daring mission to rescue his men.

We have an exclusive clip from “The Ambush” which shows the initial attack.

Morel has the action chops to tell a story like this, and he certainly has echoes of “Black Hawk Down,” the film that tells the story of American troops cornered by Somali rebels in Mogadishu during a mission in 1993.

When the film was released in India earlier this year, Morel told the WION news site: “I always wanted to work on a war story. although the film is specifically based on the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, it is a universal story; it’s all about brotherhood and sacrifice.”

Morel also got valuable input from the men who fought that day. “When you’re adapting a story based on real events, you have a duty to respect what happened,” he said. “I was lucky to have the opportunity to meet people who were actually part of the war; it was fascinating to get their first-hand perspective and it helped me understand the process of thought of the characters and the situations that led to the war.”

The film was financed by an entertainment company in the United Arab Emirates, and producer Derek Dauchy told Firstpost India: “We had a great team from the UK who kind of worked hand in hand with the Emirati military. They all worked together to really make sure the vehicles were sort of the star of the show in addition to our cast, but really those vehicles had to be real and believable we had to be able to show the damage to those vehicles in a real and believable way, which is why we had a terrific special effects team on board from France and George Demetrau, who is an effects genius, he was able to really create explosives, RPGs, bullet hits and a number of things that really show that these vehicles are really being attacked in a way that felt very realistic while trying to minimize damage to the vehicle r el.”

What you see on screen is far more polished than the usual direct-to-video action fare. It’s a different take on a modern war movie, made by filmmakers looking to share a story that was a significant moment in a country’s history in hopes that the rest of the world would get a chance to learn more about the mission. “The Ambush” is definitely worth a look.

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