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  • Actors: Djimon Hounsou, Diane Kruger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AFQSYMU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,121 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Customer Reviews

Great movie and good acting.
Predator
It's a good story about a reporter who gets abducted in Afghanistan and the French Special Forces men who come to try and save her life.
Mari G. H.
Not a bad movie, but had so much more potential.
K. Harris

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Good military thrillers are hard-to-find, and that's probably because the field of cinema has long cultivated lesser soldier pictures masquerading as something bigger or grander than what they truly are. For example, a reviewer for the Hollywood Reporter draws a light comparison to the Rambo films ("a body count that rivals any of the Rambo films"), and, to be honest, I think that does a disservice to SPECIAL FORCES as well as it does Rambo. Rambo is clearly a fictional creation; sure, he's entertaining and a crowd-pleaser, but the men who make up true-life Special Forces teams have very little in common with and how Rambo goes about his job. Rambo is bigger-than-life. He's over-the-top. Real soldiers lie low much of the time, and they only rush into combat when either ordered or find it absolutely necessary.

It's a fine-line distinction, but it's one that should be made when discussing competent military thrillers like SPECIAL FORCES.

(NOTE: The following review may contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and character. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)

Elsa Casanova (played by the lovely Diane Kruger) is a war correspondent caught behind enemy lines in Afghanistan when she's taken hostage over some very unflattering pieces involving a local Taliban chieftain. Her captors take her deep into their Pakistan-stronghold, and the French call in a squad of Special Forces led by Kovax (Djimon Hounsou) to rescue her.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ed Webb on October 19, 2012
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So cool to see the Special Forces of other countries in a movie. It's usually just the special units of the US and many times a little hard to believe. Great action scenes and realistic for today as far as I know. Not that I've seen action in a few years. As far as crossing frozen mountains with no specialized gear...........it's a movie. If I'd wanted a mountain climbing documentary I'd have watched one. I wanted action and drama.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Movie Mike on October 27, 2012
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I have not seen any movies of the French military's role until this movie. It is about a rescue mission by the French Special Forces. I found the story line very good in pulling in the (at least) two different ways the Muslim faith is lived among the Muslim community, the way women are treated in the Muslim community and the great courage and warrior training that the French Special Forces live by. Great line of action to see along with a great amount of things to think about in the crisis between the Muslim community of Pakistan and the Western community of heros just as fervent about how to live life as the Muslim communities' views.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MichaelCA on October 19, 2012
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Talk about a surprise. Amazing movie!!! Cinematography and acting, all top notch. Ok, I admit...the storyline has sort of been done before but, how could anybody bash a movie that is ultimately meant to honor fallen soldiers? Bottom line - you can't (or at the very least, show respect). Thank You.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gene on December 28, 2012
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I am a combat veteran and there are few movies that I can watch due to my PTSD. However, this one was awesome. Even though it is about French special ops, I have a very warm spot in my heart for all spec ops people. I thought this really gave a realistic portrayal of what it is like. The charachters were human and not just made to look like supermen. This movie will make you laugh and cry and think. I was kinda leary at first so I didn't get my hopes up but it was a very surprising film. They did not pull any punches. I got goosebumps during several scenes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric on May 29, 2013
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It's odd, the opening sequence opens with Big Audio Dynamite singing E=MC and a stunning set of scenes showing just how badass these French Special Operations soldiers are. Then the story is quickly set with the story line and the subsequent daring commando raid to rescue her.

From there, it's a study of how things can go wrong and how something can turn from bad to worse in the flip of a dime. And from there to a story of survival on the run. Along the way we get to learn more about the soldiers that are fighting and our main heroine Elsa, the writer/journalist.

While some might say that this is just another Rambo type movie I would have to say that they are wrong. This is a movie that is a story about survival and how teamwork can get you through, much like how these Special Operations commandos work.

Special Force, IMHO, is best watched in French with the English subtitles rather than with the dubbed in English.

You will enjoy this movie if you're looking for a blend of action, story line and drama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Clark on February 28, 2013
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By Jim Clark, publisher, Lee County Courier, Tupelo, Mississippi

There are no actors you will likely recognize in Special Forces. That shouldn’t keep you from watching this mesmerizing film.
It is a French film but the voices English, no subtitles.
A French journalist, Elsa (Diane Kruger) is working on a story about Maina, a woman sold to a man when she was the child, Taliban leader Ahmed Zaief.
Taliban are nortorius for their treatment of women. Women should not appear in the streets without a blood relative and without wearing a Burqa. Women must not speak loudly in public as no stranger should hear a woman's voice. The list goes on and on.
So when Zaief captures Elsa, he finds he’s met a woman who will not bow to him. He orders her killed, but with knife to throat, Elsa taunts her captor, saying he’s not man enough to watch her being killed. He blinks and lets her live.
He is chastised by those above him for not killing the woman.
In the mean time, French special forces perform a bold reconnassance mission, freeing Elsa and her fellow journalist.
Now Zaief is forced to find and kill all to prove himself.
Set against the harsh background of Afghanistan this small sleeper film is gripping and dramatic, more so than most of its American counterparts.
The film which is based on a true story, shows not only the precise nature of the French Special Forces but also the harsh brutality of Taliban fighters.
This is a journey you will not soon forget.
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