Film : " Special Forces"Cast : Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou, Benoit MagimelDirector : Stephane RybojadRating : 3/5
films come in many shapes and sizes and for many issues. Some, like the
one about Prophet Mohammed that is causing global outrage right now,
are in absolute bad taste and repulsive. Some, however, tow the line of
decency and if they are aided by decent direction and execution, you
don't mind it at all.
French film " Special Forces
" is one such decent effort at black and white propaganda that is alleviated by good action.
French War correspondent Elsa ( Diane Kruger
) is kidnapped and taken
hostage by Taliban in Pakistan, the French government sends out a team
of special forces to rescue her. They manage to do so, but are not able
to exit as the Taliban attacks them. Forced to retreat and their radio
out, they play a constant cat and mouse game with the enemy. As days
pass, their chances of survival diminish.
The major flaw of the
film is a one-sided and lopsided view of the Taliban conflict in
Pakistan and Afghanistan. Every Asian with a gun in the film is
demonized, and the ones who are not demonized, are shown to be butchered
by the demons. The ground reality and the politics are a little
different than what we are shown in the film.
On the good side
though, there is enough adrenalin pumped by well shot action sequences
to keep the interest going. There is an extremely 'Ramboesque' element
in the film that action junkies will take a shine to. Indeed, one can
obliquely look at the film as "Rambo" meets "Saving Private Ryan".
another level, it looks like an "Expendables" film. The only problem is
that the expendables will not do this film because it requires them to
die one after the other.
Where the film might hit a jarring note
for action fans, is when from a tale of military rescue, it becomes a
tale of survival against a wild, treacherous nature. The simple linear
film moving from an action oriented one to an emotional roller-coaster
is also a bit disconcerting.
The characterisation also leaves a
lot to be desired. Better characterisation could have made the film much
more appealing that it currently is.
However, this is French
cinema doing a Hollywood action film. And the results are just fine
enough for people to indeed believe in it and enjoy it.By Satyen K. Bordoloi © IANS