Genre: Action Horror
Director: Hugues Martin & Sandra Martin
Starring:Saïd Taghmaoui, Cyril Raffaelli, Aurélien Wiik, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
Language: French, Arabic
Duration: 103 min.
A platoon of French paratroopers are sent in search of a missing plane in the Algerian desert. The aircraft wreckage is quickly located, but there are no survivors, just a steel case labelled "Top Secret". Attacked by enemy soldiers, the troops seek refuge in a strange abandoned citadel where they are confronted by the Djinns, the evil spirits of the desert...
Stranded is the debut film from Hugues and Sandra Martin. It premiered at the 2010 Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival.
Set in Algeria in 1960, it follows a small troop of French soldiers sent to investigate a military plane crash site. Along the way they are attacked by local Mujahideen fighters and seek shelter in an ancient walled village. There they face an evil supernatural force that drives them to madness and worse.
A fairly well presented picture with good acting and a nice slow buildup of tension at the beginning which starts out like a war action film then changes gears into a supernatural thriller. The first half is extremely well shot, and though we never really get any developed characters, it is a tense and exciting scenario that definitely works better than the second, which fails to take full advantage of the suspense and setting and where the lack of development catches up resulting in a plodding finish.
Worth a watch if you happen to stumble onto it, but not one to go out of your way to find.
— Bonjour Tristesse