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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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Trivia

Marius's character is played by a real Commando Marine of the french navy. He was commando than drill instructor for commando during 22 years. He do not play, his role in this movie is what he did for a long time as R Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket. See more »

Goofs

While the opening scene is set in Kosovo, the cars have French license plates. See more »

Quotes

Tic-Tac: One hour of glory beats an eternity of anonymity.
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E=MC2
Written by Dan Donovan, Don Letts and Mick Jones
Performed by Big Audio Dynamite
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A pleasant surprise
9 November 2012 | by jerome-stampeSee all my reviews

While 'Forces Spéciales' has some shortcomings, I have to say I enjoyed watching it. Sure the team doesn't always look up to the task, a few actors may not be too convincing either (although most are) and one may wonder about the tactics used in the film.

What I liked about this movie was that the crew and cast went to Tajikistan to shoot the Afghanistan and Pakistan scenes which makes the whole story more realistic – American productions would usually settle for Morocco or Jordania but the scenery is not quite the same. Another quality in 'Forces Spéciales' is the storyline which is kept simple, there is not subplot or complicated background: A French reporter is kidnapped by the Talibans, a team of team of soldiers is sent to rescue her. Also, languages have not been unified into English, something Hollywood still has problems with regularly.

'Forces Spéciales' might not be the best action movie ever (I am not sure this is what it's supposed to be anyways) but it has nothing to be ashamed of in comparison to 'Act of Valor' which was a big disappointment for me.


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