Special Forces trailer tries hard
There are three things that surprised me about this film, which I had never really heard of until now. One is Diane Kruger stars, the other is Djimon Hounsou also stars, and the third is that the film is French and about French special forces, Forces Spéciales (Special Forces).
Why that would surprise me is not because I didn't expect the French to have special forces, just that the film happened. It's not the kind of film that you would expect from the French market, and that's what also intrigues me about the film.
What we're used to coming out of France are strong thrillers, or other genre of films with a strong thriller element, not action films, and that makes me think and hope that this film Forces Spéciales (Special Forces) is going to have a lot more thought behind it, a lot more thriller than all out macho action, although the trailer doesn't always reflect that.
The trailer seems an unfinished work. It feels sloppily edited and not quite there, favouring big explosions and shouting during gunfire over a stronger story element, and I'm hoping that's not the case for the actual film.
Here's what we know about it:
Afghanistan. War correspondent Elsa Casanova (Diane Krugar) is taken hostage by the Taliban. Faced with her imminent execution, a Special Forces unit is dispatched to free her.
In some of the world's most breathtaking yet hostile landscapes, a relentless pursuit begins between her kidnappers who have no intention of letting their prey escape them and a group of soldiers who risk their lives in pursuit of their single aim -- to bring her home alive. This strong, independent woman and these men of duty are thrown together and forced to confront situations of great danger that inextricably bind them -- emotionally, violently and intimately...
The film comes from first time director Stéphane Rybojad who co-wrote the film with Michael Cooper that has just been released in France, Switzerland, Russia, Belgium and is about to hit Turkey with Brazil in December. There's not a big audience for it yet, and I would think it would need a stronger trailer before it does.
Here's that trailer for Forces Spéciales (Special Forces):
Potential indeed, feels a little like Tears of the Sun (Filmstalker review) without the kids and moved from Africa to Afghanistan, okay I know those are a lot of changes but that's definitely the feel I'm getting for the story.