Special Forces (2012)

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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
Rating:
R (for language and some violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Cast

Alain Figlarz
as Victor
Alain Alivon
as Marius
Raz Degan
as Ahmed Zaief
Tcheky Karyo
as l'Amiral Guezennec
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Critic Reviews for Special Forces

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
Washington Post
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"Special Forces" aims to inspire but ends up wallowing in melodrama.

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

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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An uneven effort ...

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

Full Review… | October 9, 2012
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.

Full Review… | March 3, 2013
Movie Chambers

Audience Reviews for Special Forces

kinda shaky story and sub par casting on a few parts but decent action scenes that looked like plenty of research was gone into the "how and what" these people do.

Jason Kraynek
Jason Kraynek
½

Amidst all the gunshots and blood splashed there's a good story with a satisfactory ending. Not sure I liked all the black fades that transition the parts awkwardly but overall it was enjoyable to watch.

Farah Rizq
Farah Rizq

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.

Al S
Al S

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