25 January 2013 | david-sarkies
Don't expect too much from this film
This was one of those films that when I saw the trailer I really wanted to see it, but when I actually saw it, while it didn't necessarily disappoint me, I had sort of been expecting more than it could have really delivered. Mind you, it is a good movie, and if you do like action flicks, then it is certainly a film to watch, but don't get too excited over it because basically it is a war movie made by the French but seems more Hollywood than a French film.
Basically the premise is that a war correspondent in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban and taken to the Tribal Lands in Pakistan, and the French government decide to commit a team of special forces operatives to rescue her. However, after a successful rescue, the extraction squad are unable to pick them up, so they are forced to march ten days over the Hindu Kush to attempt to get back to safety. Mind you, being stuck here they were there is no safety for miles, and I sort of wonder why they actually went into Afghanistan rather than going deeper into Pakhistan, but then it is probably because they weren't actually supposed to be there.
Mind you, the cinematography was brilliant, as was the story about the struggle against the elements and a multitude of enemies to get back home, and while people were dropping like flies (as can be expected in such a scenario) there were still a couple of unrealistic elements, such as the unlimited ammo the soldiers seemed to have, or the fact that she had developed frost bite, but did could still walk afterwards (or I thought it was supposed to be frost bite).
Mind you, this was not necessarily a film where we have some hard core western soldiers killing lots of Muslim extremists, because the film did indicate that there are differences within this culture, and that there are a lot of people who actually do not like the Taliban, and pretty much live in fear of them. This is particularly the case in the tribal village where the soldiers are shown hospitality, but then later when the Taliban arrive, they begin to gun down and abuse the villagers.
Look, this is a good film, but it is probably one that you would want to watch once and not worry about any more. In many cases I have seen many films like this before, but at least it seems a lot more realistic, and a lot more acceptable, than the Delta Force.