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Special Forces (2011)

Forces spéciales (original title)
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A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.

Director:

Stéphane Rybojad

Writers:

Stéphane Rybojad (adaptation), Michael Cooper (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Kruger ... Elsa
Djimon Hounsou ... Kovax
Benoît Magimel ... Tic-Tac
Denis Ménochet ... Lucas
Raphaël Personnaz ... Elias
Alain Figlarz Alain Figlarz ... Victor
Alain Alivon Alain Alivon ... Marius
Mehdi Nebbou ... Amen
Raz Degan ... Ahmed Zaief
Tchéky Karyo ... Amiral Guezennec
Morjana Alaoui ... Maina
Didier Flamand Didier Flamand ... Jacques Beauregard
Jacques Gallo Jacques Gallo ... Le Pacha
Bernard Allouf Bernard Allouf ... Le President de La Republique
Marine Faure Marine Faure ... La Premier Ministre
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

Survival. Honor. Sacrifice.

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

2 November 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Special Forces See more »

Filming Locations:

Caylus, Tarn-et-Garonne, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,759, 14 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,759, 14 October 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Based on their respective beret colors and badges, Kovax, Lucas, Victor and Marius are all "Commandos Marine" of the French Navy, while Elias is most likely from the "No. 10 Air Parachute Commando" unit of the French Air Force and Tic-Tac is a Commando from the French Army's "1st Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment". France's Special Operations Command (COS) has direct operational command of all special operation units, and thus are able to select members from different branches based on mission needs. See more »

Goofs

Pakistani Secret Service Officer's car and Ahmed Zaief's car both have the same license plate. See more »

Quotes

Amen: Did I invite you into my country? Spreading democracy at gunpoint and drive my people crazy.
Elsa: It's still better than selling a 12-year old child.
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Pick Your God or Devil
Written by Ndidi O, Robin Foster
Performed by Ndidi O, Robin Foster
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One of the Best and Most Underrated Action Movies I Have Recently Seen
14 July 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Afghanistan, the French journalist Elsa (Diane Kruger) and her colleague Amen (Mehdi Nebbou) are covering the story of Maina (Morjana Alaoui), a woman that was sold to a man when she was a child. The Taliban leader Ahmed Zaief (Raz Degan) abducts Elsa and Amen and tries to force her to read a message to the Western governments.

The Frech president sends six Special Force men to rescue Elsa that his hidden in a fortress in Pakistan. The team composed by Commander Kovax (Djimon Hounsou), Tic-Tac (Benoît Magimel), Lucas (Denis Ménochet), the sniper Elias (Raphaël Personnaz), Victor (Alain Figlarz) and Marius (Alain Alivon) release Elsa and Amen from their imprisonment but they lose their radios. Now the group needs to cross the inhospitable land to save their lives with the Taliban chasing them.

"Forces Spéciales" is one of the best and most underrated action movies I have recently seen. The talented Diane Kruger is one of the most (if not the most) beautiful contemporary actresses and has an awesome performance in the role of a French journalist kidnapped by the Taliban.

The action scenes are excellent, with great choreography and it is funny to read reviews telling that they are unrealistic as if it was a documentary and not an action film. The film is engaging from the beginning to the last scene in the end of the credits and like in most European films, the cast speaks more than one language. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Forças Especiais" ("Special Forces")


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