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  • Summary: War correspondent Elsa Cassanova is taken hostage by the Taliban. Faced with her imminent execution, a Special Forces unit is dispatched to free her. In some of the worlds’ most breathtaking yet hostile landscapes, a relentless pursuit begins between her kidnappers and a group of soldiers who risk their lives to bring her home alive. (Entertainment One) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 11, 2012
    There's nothing terribly surprising about Special Forces, a moderately gripping action flick about a group of commandos on a mission to rescue a pretty blonde who has been abducted by the Taliban. Nothing, that is, except that it's French.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Oct 9, 2012
    For a while Degan's serious charisma also kind of makes Islamic extremist fundamentalism look cool and badass, which could have been hilariously subversive if director Stéphane Rybojad had pushed it further.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 11, 2012
    It's an odd showcase for Diane Kruger. She is never very believable as Elsa, a war correspondent who has been kidnapped by the Taliban.
  4. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Oct 12, 2012
    Dedicated to French servicemen and wartime journalists, Special Forces aims to inspire but ends up wallowing in melodrama.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 14, 2012
    This tale of an elite military unit assigned to rescue a war correspondent kidnapped by the Taliban is as frenetic and ultimately mind-numbing as a "Call of Duty" videogame, only without the thematic depth.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Oct 8, 2012
    The film walks a questionable line between Important Issue seriousness and antsy video-game machismo.
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  1. Dec 29, 2012
    Awesome action movie with great cinematography and firefight scenes. Reminds me of Tears of the Sun, but in Afghanistan.
    Definitely recommend
    this movie. Expand