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Special Forces

Special Forces (2012)



Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 5

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In Stéphane Rybojad's Special Forces, war correspondent Elsa Cassanova (Diane Kruger) is taken hostage by the Taliban. Faced with her imminent execution, a Special Forces unit is dispatched to free her. In some of the worlds' most breathtaking yet hostile landscapes, a relentless pursuit begins between her kidnappers and a group of soldiers (Djimon Hounsou, Benoît Magimel, Denis Ménochet) who risk their lives to bring her home alive. -- (C) Entertainment One


Drama, Action & Adventure

Michael Cooper, Stéphane Rybojad

Feb 18, 2013


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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (11)

If you turned the sound off and removed the subtitles, you might actually think you were watching an old Hollywood shoot-'em-up.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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"Special Forces" aims to inspire but ends up wallowing in melodrama.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's not only Americans who can make leaden, video game-style exercises in dumb war action.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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An uneven effort ...

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Could have been hilariously subversive if director Stéphane Rybojad had pushed it further.

October 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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"Special Forces" has nothing constructive to say about bravery or the conflict in Afghanistan. It's just mindless action, and boring to boot.

March 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Chambers
Movie Chambers

Stephane Rybojad has seen too many Hollywood action movies, because the director of this overwrought and borderline laughable French war film copies many of them.

October 15, 2012 Full Review Source:

Predictable and run of the mill with terrible music and the most generic editing around, Special Forces feels like it lasts the 11 days it chronicles.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

Imagine Saving Private Ryan relocated to Afghanistan and Pakistan and you have the gist of first-time feature filmmaker Stéphane Rybojad's actioner about the rescue of a French journalist marked for death by the Taliban.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Solid entertainment, a chest-thumping (and reporter-hating) recruiting film in the "Act of Valor" mold - but with a French accent.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The film walks a questionable line between Important Issue seriousness and antsy video-game machismo.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

War is awful. We get it.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Comments (5)
Little White Lies

Has an amusing, arrogant French Rambo-esque appeal to it that paints an uncompromising and lengthy black-and-white picture of the Afghanistan issue.

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Audience Reviews for Special Forces

It's solid entertainment. An action movie that almost hits all the right notes. A fantastic men-on-a-mission action flick with great characters and emotion. A strong, compelling, deeply moving and shattering movie that packed with heart and sacrifice. It's has elements of Tears of the Sun and Black Hawk Down. A sensational action-packed thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. It's terrifically shot and well-crafted and wonderfully performed. It has some great locations and scenery and is one of the more true to tactical and strategic methods of your standard military drama. It's packed with heart-pounding action, searing human drama and a great story. A captivating and enthralling knockout of a film. An unforgettable adventure. A tremendous all-star cast, who have great chemistry together. Diane Kruger is a revelation. Djimon Hounsou is magnificent. Benoit Magimel is terrific. An explosive and wickedly entertaining movie.
April 14, 2013

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Enjoyed it, nthing spectacular but a lot better than some yank glory hunting version
November 9, 2012

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