It's not only Americans who can make leaden, video game-style exercises in dumb war action.
French import "Special Forces" whips up a lot of the same swirling camerawork, macho theatrics and fast-cutting mayhem we expect from testosterone-fueled Hollywood as it tells the tale of a tight-knit band of Gallic soldiers — led by a stoic Djimon Hounsou — tasked with rescuing a war correspondent (Diane Kruger) from Taliban captivity in the tribal areas of Pakistan.
Writer/producer/director Stephane Rybojad likes his Islamic fundamentalists childishly ruthless, his Afghani victims helpless and his first-person-shooter heroes full of spit, vinegar and martyr-laced bravado.
Though subtitled for English-speaking audiences, it can seem as if there are more story-orienting bits of information on screen — identifying what organization characters belong to and what location they're in — than there is dialogue to read. (All that's missing is a body count tally in the corner.)