A high school swim champion with a troubled past enrolls in the U.S. Coast Guard's "A" School, where legendary rescue swimmer Ben Randall teaches him some hard lessons about loss, love, and self-sacrifice.
As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate.
The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision corner with his older brother.
In Afghanistan, French journalist Elsa and her colleague Amen are covering the story of Maina, a woman sold to a man when she was a child. Taliban leader Ahmed Zaief abducts Elsa and Amen and tries to force them to read a message to Western governments. The French president sends six Special Force to rescue Elsa who's hidden in a fortress in Pakistan. The team composed of Commander Kovax, Tic-Tac, Lucas, the sniper Elias, Victor and Marius release Elsa and Amen from their imprisonment but lose their radios. Now the group needs to cross the inhospitable land to save their lives with the Taliban chasing them. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
If Michael Bay was French and not as loaded this is exactly what he would make. A bit of military ops and a bit of politicomilitary pseudo-issues make this a standard film of the genre with Hounsou and Kruger giving it a bit of clout. With war-torn Afghanistan and tribal Pakistan as the main theatre but with the French military (home and overseas) in charge of the operation the film shows how a special forces team (seemingly the standard "good guys with families fight a war the politicians came up with") is going in for a hostage rescue. A lot of the clichés in this film do work and fans of the genre will get what they asked for though for a film made in 2011 the story is a bit tired and expects the viewer to make a connection with the team having the bare minimum of information about them. Still an OK film though I'd prefer it as a mini-series rather than a film.
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