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Special Forces (Forces Speciales) (2011)

Diane Kruger , Djimon Hounsou , Stephane Rybojad  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou, Benoit Magimel, Denis Menochet, Raphael Personnaz
  • Directors: Stephane Rybojad
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,125 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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
4.0 out of 5 stars French Special Forces!!!! October 19, 2012
By Ed Webb
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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'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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic war movie May 29, 2013
By Eric
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie - don't be afraid of the subtitles May 29, 2013
By Kamito
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There was actually a lot of English in the movie, so don't let the subtitles scare you. I don't speak French and I enjoyed the film a lot. I especially liked the realistic military tactics employed by the team and the realistic misfortunes that befell them.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
As I sat down to watch the French film "Special Forces," I was poised to enjoy a complex story of tactical operations and international politics. And in the opening scenes, that's just what the movie seemed on the precipice of serving up. However, as the primary story line came into focus, it was clear that "Special Forces" really wasn't about an elite military squad in anything other than title. We see a couple of missions, but nothing of any real strategy is presented. I would have enjoyed these scenes a lot more if the screenplay had delineated just what made this squad so spectacular from a technical, intelligence, or stealth point of view. But as I said, this action endeavor isn't really about a special forces team per se. It is rescue picture. If you remember the tag line for Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan," it stated that "the mission was a man." Here, the only objective is the rescue of a woman who happens to be a French war correspondent. In other words, the mission was a woman.

The terrific Diane Kruger (generally underrated) seems a bit out of place as the central character. A seasoned news vet, she attracts the attention of local Taliban leaders in Afghanistan as she pursues a very personal story. Soon, she is abducted by the subject of her story (Raz Degan) and put in harm's way. This rallies the French government (we're not given too much detail behind her import) to enact a daring rescue attempt at any cost. That's when our group of heroes (led by Djimon Hounsou) arrive on scene and get her out within a couple of minutes. No big deal. The rest of the movie plays as an extended chase through the desolate country as the squad and Kruger try to evade capture and death.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
This movie was better than expected the plot made sense in which what would happen if a special force team could not make it to a pick in a country that they were not at war with . Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shane Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good foreign film
The film is great. The ending is good and does not have the typical happy Hollywood ending. Highly recommended to watch.
Published 3 months ago by JustMe
5.0 out of 5 stars whow
Great story, great acting, realistic, engaged, emoitional. I felt invested in this movie and it did not have your traditional ending. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Scottie Dean
2.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic battle scenes + Selfish action of the reporter = 2 stars
I agree with reviewer CNS that the battle scenes are so unrealistic that they ruin the movie. He said: "Our intrepid special forces members routinely fight out in the open. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cestmoi
2.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't reccomend.
The plot seemed good, but the french language ruined it for me. It did say it was in French language tho.
Published 4 months ago by Ralph Stone Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Love the actor, remember him from gladiator. Movie had a lot of slow parts, but it was good. Wish we would see more of this guy
Published 4 months ago by john n
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
Saw this movie first on netflix and I felt it was a movie i would consider to watch again at a latr date. Thank you mit arrived perfectly
Published 5 months ago by theresa mollet
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than average "shoot 'em up"
Better than your average Special Forces "shoot-'em-up" due to support from the French military. Read more
Published 5 months ago by F. Kalesnik
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This was great, not to tied down with complicated plot twist plenty of action and military equipment. Great scenery in the mountains .
Published 5 months ago by robert thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Action, Cinematography, Realistic, Story a Little Predictable
I found Forces Speciales, aka Special Forces, to be an entertaining and very well done action movie about French Seals on a hostage rescue mission in Pakistan/Afghanistan. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ironman96
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