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6/10
Friend is not my job.
nogodnomasters28 June 2019
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The movie is inspired by the 1976 terrorist abduction of a busload of school children by Somali rebels in the French colony of Djibouti. The bus ends up stranded near the Somali border as a group of special ops are called in to take out the terrorists.

The film was made interesting by making the special ops more akin to the Expendables with their own swagger music. I will admit this is an incident and country I didn't know existed. It was decently done with some light aspects of humor.

Guide; F-word. No sex or nudity.
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Lousy
searchanddestroy-130 January 2019
Good action sequences in this though tepid French war drama inspired from actual events. But acting and directing - except in action sequences - are forgettable, if not laughable. Those French militaries look too much like superheroes for some one like me. Look out on the way they can shoot one hundred hostiles as targets in a side show without even be hit themselves- excet in the foot for one of them. The overall topic is OK, only some directing flaws mess up the whole. The director Grivois had already made another film about marksmen.
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10/10
Simply remarkable....
s32761691 April 2020
L'Intervention is a simple but remarkable film. At its heart, is the early genesis of one of the challenging specialisms associated with modern elite fighting units. The other is a story of salvation, trying to save the lives of children under seemingly impossible conditions.

This story is engaging from beginning to end. From one point of view its fascinating to see the kind of precisely synchronised military action, depicted in this film. Its also harrowing, hoping that the children held by armed captors can be freed. This is as much a human story as it is a tale of war.. A consideration that's sensitively presented in this film.

Acting is excellent and the sense of cinematic tension and drama, that's developed is a credit to all involved including writers, directors and producers.

A rather unique film I consider a must watch. 10/10.
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Not good except the ending firefight
MovieIQTest7 June 2019
The 5 members the GIGN in this film were like a bunch of amateurs. The team leader wore glasses covered in dust. The most part of this film was wasted in small talks, jokes, insults among them. The so-called General was an arrogant jerk. Non-stop blah, blah and blah. The five member team carried one aluminum water bottle without any food when they sneaked out into the wildness, and these morons drank up their limited water supply without any idea how to only sip their water periodically instead of gulping down. These morons just made me sick. There was only one guy who was quite and looked more serious to carry out the mission, and he was the only one kept cleaning his weapons anytime available. Love the female actor, a very talented one, not just pretty. All the roles she'd played were great and quite believable.

This is a loosely scripted lousy film, not just insulted the GIGN but also the audiences. I pity those kids who had to play the hostage under the harsh desert sun in a metal bus.
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7/10
Good action film based on true events
omendata1 July 2020
Don't listen to the usual lefty libtard brigade reviews on this - this is a hostage action film and you get what you pay for on this one.

What is it with these reviewers; if you read the advertising and know its an action film, then why did you watch it and leave a bad review. The movie is "loosely" based on a true event; it even says that at the end of the film and of course it has been dramatised and has loads of action head shots because that is what the moviegoing punters want. They do not want some boring, sanitised, politically correct version of events like the recent dreadfully dull remake of Raid On Entebbe.

I rarely give a movie over a 6 these days but if you are into your action films, can put up with subtitles; as much of it is in French and enjoy a good romp then this will surely fulfill its remit!
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8/10
Very good
yankeedoo7 September 2019
Dramatic movie based on fact. Sad and a few comic moments befall decent sat night movie
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6/10
fine
yvesdemaria1 July 2019
Its kind of ok , i enjoyed the story and the whole African atmosphere.

the acting was bad, and i felt as if all the actors were totally miscasted, i just feel they dont fit in, the teacher and the kids included.
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7/10
Quite good
elgrampo7710 May 2020
Although some of the acting was a bit off, still quite good movie with nice suspense building up and then then offloading in the last 10-15 mins.
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7/10
Inspired by, rather than based on
blrnani23 April 2021
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So don't kid yourself you're going to be seeing some kind of documentary - the story strays too far from the facts of the case for that.

Nevertheless, for those who enjoy a tense action movie this gets the job done.

You have innocent children (6-12) on a school bus. You have violent kidnappers on a political mission. And you have the skilled professionals sent in to resolve the situation, in spite of numerous bureaucratic hurdles. And the real hero is the courageous teacher who puts her life on the line on behalf of the terrified children.

This is very a un-PC view, but the subsequent history of the area cannot help making one question the wisdom of the UK and French withdrawal from the countries dominating access to the vital global trade conduit of the Suez Canal. Instead of remaining and nurturing those peoples into becoming 21stC societies, they granted independence and moved out. The resulting mess led to seriously failed states where the actual people are far worse off today than they were 50 years ago. Sadly, revolutionaries rarely want liberty for their people, as it's power and privilege they're really after. And while they fight over the spoils,the people suffer!
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7/10
whats more fun than watching terrorists get massacred?
zathan-3284817 June 2019
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I enjoyed this movie. The acting, production and story is great
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7/10
Great french movie
chevolek2 July 2019
This is not a based on true events movie that has action scenes until the end but it keeps you interested from the beginning with all the drama hapening. Truly recommend it.
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1/10
Missing in this movie: Chuck Norris
clivejamesrd18 June 2019
I gotta say, this would have been the perfect vehicle of Chuck N. And considering that Chuck never made a bad movie in his life, he woulda lifted this movie from one star up to 7 (or more). But they Chuck ship had sailed and so all we got is this stinker. If they would have gotten JCVD, it woulda been 5 stars at least. Then throw in Chris Tucker opposite JCVD and that would have gained at least 3 more stars. In short, they totally effed up this movie. So sad. And a true story, too.
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7/10
A slow start but very fast ending.
deanocware19 September 2020
I would have love to give this film a higher rating as I am a fan of elite and special forces movies. However the movie gets off to a very slow start and really only the last 15 minutes of the movie justify the rating it received. But the last 15 minutes are so fast and so furious and so gripping that it actually made watching the rest of the film worthwhile.
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9/10
Good evening in
pattie74597 August 2020
I didn't like the sound of this hostage movie at first , thinking it would be full of cliches....however it was a good choice - acting was great ,and I liked the stylised cinematography with hippiesque outlook - pleasantly surprised - good french movie - action and storyline , what else can you want ?
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9/10
Timing is everything
Left_back13 September 2020
The '70s were a bonanza for terrorist action in the colonies, and at home.

The introduction of an elite, early definition, police unit to a hostage incident was one of the firsts for the French. At the beginning the GIGN was very small and developing their procedures on the fly. They have become, today, one of the premier special anti-terrorist forces today.

Hollywood would have emphasized motivation, action, and conflict (especially the bad guys); the French, simplicity, emotion, and courage.

Admittedly the story took several liberties with the facts of the true events for dramatic license. The rescue was more cohesive (the Legion was very proactive), and the results were more or less the same (no spoilers here) except for one hostage.

The acting was very good, the portrayals in character and the emphasis on the team was apt and enjoyable.

If you're wondering about the title, it was how long the firefight took. Short, but in the moment likely forever.
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5/10
7 for entertainment value, 1 for political premise
bevinchu-126 June 2019
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7 for entertainment value, 1 for political premise

15 Minutes of War reminds me of a couple of other war films with similar titles, namely 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, and 12 Strong.

Like these films and some others, such as Olympus Has Fallen, or Munich, the film is undeniably entertaining, but simultaneously politically reprehensible for lionizing colonialist/imperialists and caricaturing their victims.
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3/10
Boring...just Boring!!
Rena2418 January 2021
It's Boring as hell!. 1hr 15 mins of slow lousy and unnecessary stuff. You will not miss anything if you just watch the last 15min of this movie. Terrible direction, screen play and awful acting makes this movie one of the all time worst movies on my list. It's so boring that I fell asleep after 53 mins into the movie. What a waste time.
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5/10
Out of touch with history
vjmatinde18 November 2019
Don't get me wrong, the movie is gripping, but seems the director/writer did not want to get into the muddy motivation of the bad guys. The hostage takers always cut short to state their experience with colonial "powers". We see the horror of children as hostages, but never shown the horrors of Djibouti children under occupation - which is the motive behind the saga. Welcome to 2019!
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1/10
What a joke!
sallywoof20 February 2019
The film is more based on previous commando films (and better ones) than on real events! It felt like watching a bad film from the 80's with Chuck Norris.
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1/10
What a great french army propaganda movie!
sinobad-91-66302023 June 2019
I hope everyone detected the sarcazam. Its ridicilous when an invading colonizing force such as the french army is promoted as angelic heroes.
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9/10
Really good movie
alexandredaune9 July 2019
Love it and everything inside. More kills would be better. But already not bad. Except red head fat guy not credible.
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9/10
really realistic
Wowa_Yur13 March 2020
Go home all you hippies. its a real nice movie. greets from the paratrooper special forces unit
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3/10
Zero Dark 30 budget knock-off
SuperbuddhaPunk26 March 2020
A waste of a good story.

If the facts of this high risk mission are indeed riveting, this film misses the mark completely with insipid dialogues and inept actors. Cinematography and direction are uninspired as well but what really sinks the movie is the writing, the introduction of the characters is really clunky and formulaic, the pacing has long boring lull for exposition, and again the dialogue are never natural, believable or realistic.

The action sequences are the only part of the film that rises to an average level but as the title says it's only a 15 minutes war.
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4/10
disapointing
cretzulegionaru1 June 2019
The real events were much more captivating and interesting than those depicted in the movie , very bad script a lot of cliches which do not match with the time that took place the event (plus too many headshots like in a videogame) , however I give 4/10 for the historical truth of the creation of the GIGN and their good deployment on the field at that time, but otherwise the creators of this movie missed a good chance to make a very great movie
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7/10
Not so bad - enjoyable action film based on real events
von_stauffenberg2 November 2019
Reading the reviews I was expecting much worse... Solid & realistic action film describing a real event. Probably less explosions and pyrotechnics than in an American film of this genre but it did not take away anything in terms of suspense and drama. The seventies feel and a certain level of amateurism of policing is quite well depicted.
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