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Special Forces 2011

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War correspondent Elsa is taken hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan and faces execution. When government officials find out they send an elite force but their radio equipment is destroyed and they're stranded. Pursued by the Taliban their only hope of escape is a deadly trek across hostile mountains.

Starring:
Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou
Runtime:
1 hour, 44 minutes

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Genres Military & War, Action & Adventure, International
Director Stéphane Rybojad
Starring Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou
Supporting actors Benoît Magimel, Denis Ménochet, Raphaël Personnaz, Alain Figlarz, Alain Alivon, Mehdi Nebbou, Raz Degan, Tchéky Karyo, Morjana Alaoui, Didier Flamand, Jacques Gallo, Bernard Allouf, Marine Faure, Eric Soubelet, Jean-Paul Dubois, Antoine Blanquefort, Laurent Claret, Jeanne Bournaud
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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In French with English subtitles and some English dialogue, this film was made with the co-operation of the French Special Forces and is a straight shoot without any CGI. It is very entertaining and the story is fairly believable. The action flows from scene to scene and is realistic. If you enjoy good old fashioned shoot em up action films you are going to love this. The actors underwent training with the French Commandos and French Commandos were used as extras in the opening part of the film.

There are some good extras including a very detailed documentary about the making of the film, this includes preparation, training, scene location and the actual shoot.

A great film for a Sunday afternoon or with your mates and a few beers.
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...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.
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Really surprised how amazing this film was- great acting and keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through. Also
there are some really poignant moments that you don't always find in action movies. I would say a "must watch movie." as it gets you
thinking about the bravery of journalism aswell
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After Diane Kruger's journalist is kidnapped in the Tribal Areas of Pakistan a crack team of French commandos is dispatched to the rescue.

It's hard to describe this film any more fully without giving away any key plot points, but I think that fans of 1950's and 1960's Hollywood war films will enjoy this. There's a good dose of the Magnificent Seven thrown in there too.

Plus points are the scenery and photography, which are both absolutely stunning, and the performances which are as good, or better, than could be expected given the nature of the material. The final third of the film is particularly strong. Downsides are the one-dimensional villain, some unrealistic and bloodless action sequences and some clunky moralising.

Largely in well-subtitled French with some English dialogue.
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A great story, magnificent locations and excellent action, this is one of the best war films of 2011, just because it is in French with English subtitles don't be put off. This is certainly on par with Acts Of Valour but actors play the parts and not real navy seals as in Acts Of Valour.The film was shot on location and adds to the authenticity of an excellent stand out film, don't miss out ,based on true events and up to date this is a must see film.
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Really surprised at some of the reviews here. It's not a terrible film, but there is certainly nothing special about this film. There is absolutely nothing in this film you won't find in any other film about Afghanistan. A special forces op behind enemy lines goes wrong and they have to escape the Taliban. This has already been done several times, and better.

The acting is fine, except it is hard to believe these guys are special forces. They all seem a bit 'mates from the pub'-like, and not soldiers of war trained in special forces. They appear very sentimental and it turned in to a cheese-fest on many an occasion.

I doubt they had a military advisor on set. It had a bit of a 'Arnie schwarzenegger' from the 90s vibe, when the soldiers presumably forget their training, and in a show of machoism and cheesiness, take on the entire Taliban while standing in a line together out in the open. As the film progresses it becomes all too familiar and predictable. You wait for the inevitability of soldiers being picked off or shot in the limbs. You know its coming and your expectations are never wide of the mark.

You don't get a sense of the dramatic-ness or hardship of the journey they embark on, and that falls to the director, who did an awful job in my opinion. Production and location were good, but again the director and cinematography really let them down. It was very difficult to get a sense of relativeness in the camera shots. Everything felt compact and so scripted - like every scene was done with little thought as to the overall shape of the battlefield or even the area. It was the usual tale of anonymous (read dehumanised) Taliban fighters walking into the path of the soldiers wherever and whenever they happened to be.
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