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Special Forces

On an assignment, French reporter Elsa Casanova (Diane Kruger) is kidnapped, and faces the threat of death by execution by her kidnappers, the Taliban regime. One final mission with a final chance to free her falls to an elite unit of Special Forces. In this hostile and fierce battle against the Taliban, strength of character is needed as wills are tested, and emotional bonds are formed amid the violence.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 5 Jan 2012
Genre: Action / Adventure / Drama
Running Time: 1 Hour 48 Minutes
Distributor: SHAW ORGANISATION
Cast: Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou, Benoit Magimel, Denis Menochet, Raphael Personnaz
Director: Stéphane Rybojad
Format: NA

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Writer: Lester Gan Wai Lun

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Watch this if you liked: "Brothers" & "Act Of Valor"

Director Stephane Rybojad's obsession with the French armed forces is no secret to many; he has even produced documentaries about them, so presumably one would think he'd be the best candidate to portray these soldiers in a film. However, that doesn't seem to be the case, while his intentions were to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers, he wasn't doing them any favour in directing a film with countless holes in its plot.

It all starts when a French journalist Elsa was abducted and held captive by the Taliban in Pakistan for nosing around in their business. With the permission from the French prime minister, a "special force" team of 6 men were dispatched to rescue her. All these happened so early in the film that you just know that something was going to go wrong, and so with what was supposed to be a 1 day rescue mission; turned into a 12 day ordeal of unexpected obstacles. And by the end it, two conclusions could be made; French armed forces are just unlucky and that the Taliban had very bad aim.

The action scenes were humourously done on a budget. The director 'macho-ed' the Special Forces up so much that they could take on what seemed to be an unlimited amount of Taliban soldiers while protecting the deadweight journalist.

The Taliban leader Ahmed Zaief is a Cambridge graduate and spoke perfect English, and apparently those soldiers of his who probably never spoke English in their life could understand the command of "Go get me that sniper's head on a plate right now!".

With that said, if you're an action film junkie with no care in the world for plots, this film really isn't that bad, it clearly shows the cruelty of war but also sheds good light on the Middle East instead of stereotyping them. However, this is by no means a completely enjoyable film, there were so many stories untold which is best left alone to say the least.

Cinema Online, 24 April 2012
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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