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Special Forces

War . Drama . Action

Afghanistan. War correspondent Elsa Casanova is taken hostage by the Taliban. Faced with her imminent execution, a Special Forces unit is dispatched to free her. In some of the world’s most breathtaking yet hostile landscapes, a relentless pursuit begins between her kidnappers who have no intention of letting their prey escape them and a group of soldiers who risk their lives in pursuit of their single aim – to bring her home alive. This strong, independent woman and these men of duty are thrown together and forced to confront situations of great danger that inextricably bind them – emotionally, violently and intimately.

Actors: Mehdi Nebbou , Alain Figlarz , Morjana Alaoui , Tchéky Karyo , Alain ALIVON , Raphaël Personnaz , Denis Ménochet , Benoît Magimel , Djimon Hounsou , Diane Kruger
Directors: Stéphane Rybojad
Country: FRANCE
Release: 2011-11-02
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  • Michael O'Sullivan

    There's nothing terribly surprising about Special Forces, a moderately gripping action flick about a group of commandos on a mission to rescue a pretty blonde who has been abducted by the Taliban. Nothing, that is, except that it's French.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Frank Scheck

    This tale of an elite military unit assigned to rescue a war correspondent kidnapped by the Taliban is as frenetic and ultimately mind-numbing as a "Call of Duty" videogame, only without the thematic depth.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Andy Webster

    Dedicated to French servicemen and wartime journalists, Special Forces aims to inspire but ends up wallowing in melodrama.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    It's an odd showcase for Diane Kruger. She is never very believable as Elsa, a war correspondent who has been kidnapped by the Taliban.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Chris Packham

    For a while Degan's serious charisma also kind of makes Islamic extremist fundamentalism look cool and badass, which could have been hilariously subversive if director Stéphane Rybojad had pushed it further.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Rob Humanick

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

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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