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In Stéphane Rybojad's Special Forces, war correspondent Elsa Cassanova (Diane Kruger) 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 (Djimon Hounsou, Benoît Magimel, Denis Ménochet) who risk their lives to bring her home alive. -- (C) Entertainment One

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If you turned the sound off and removed the subtitles, you might actually think you were watching an old Hollywood shoot-'em-up."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"An uneven effort ..."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Stephane Rybojad has seen too many Hollywood action movies, because the director of this overwrought and borderline laughable French war film copies many of them."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"Solid entertainment, a chest-thumping (and reporter-hating) recruiting film in the "Act of Valor" mold - but with a French accent."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Has an amusing, arrogant French Rambo-esque appeal to it that paints an uncompromising and lengthy black-and-white picture of the Afghanistan issue."
‑ Lisa Giles-Keddie, Real.com
""Special Forces" aims to inspire but ends up wallowing in melodrama."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"Could have been hilariously subversive if director Stéphane Rybojad had pushed it further."
‑ Chris Packham, Village Voice
"Predictable and run of the mill with terrible music and the most generic editing around, Special Forces feels like it lasts the 11 days it chronicles."
‑ Chris Sawin, Examiner.com
"The film walks a questionable line between Important Issue seriousness and antsy video-game machismo."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"It's not only Americans who can make leaden, video game-style exercises in dumb war action."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
""Special Forces" has nothing constructive to say about bravery or the conflict in Afghanistan. It's just mindless action, and boring to boot."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
"Imagine Saving Private Ryan relocated to Afghanistan and Pakistan and you have the gist of first-time feature filmmaker Stéphane Rybojad's actioner about the rescue of a French journalist marked for death by the Taliban."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"War is awful. We get it."
‑ Paul Weedon, Little White Lies
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