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When the French do an action film...
on 30 October 2014
...they do it with style.
This is not your typical American pseudo-propaganda telling a tale of soldiers who think they're the best in the world. Mais non!
Instead we have beautiful sweeping landscapes setting the scene for the brutality of war, made all the more poignant by characters who for all their machismo, we can relate to as mere human being caught up in human struggle.
I don't mean to suggest that this is an art-house tour de force, but there is most assuredly an artistic eye behind the camera, who takes the rough tough soldiers against the world story and tells it with a light touch, and what I can only call; panache.
There are some heavy-handed moments of moralising, but that might be due more to the philosophical mindset of the French, rather than an Oliver Stone sensibilty which attempts to club you round the head with a message.
Oh, and there's a couple of explosions and loads of firefights if you like that kinda thing.