While it wasn't particularly well-reviewed in 2012, I was quite gripped by the French-made Special Forces
(saw on Netflix yesterday). You could maybe call it a remake of Saving Private Ryan (small French special forces group sent to rescue a kidnapped reporter in this case) set in Afghanistan. Critics found it too jingoistic, but I think it works at the least as an exciting military thriller with amazing photography and location shooting. Think more Black Hawk Down, rather than Zero Dark Thirty.‘Special Forces’ Reveals French Side of Warhttp://xfinity.comcast.net/blogs/movies/2012/10/12/special-forces-reveals-french-side-of-war/
While it's not a documentary, the director's background is in that so it feels very much "you are there" and has lots of spectacular vistas.
While there is a fair amount of subtitles in the movie, much of it is in English (you'll recognize Diane Kruger from FX's The Bridge show, and Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds") due to the kidnapped reporter speaking English.
Also caught Ironclad
, after realizing James Purefoy (whom I enjoyed in Solomon Kane so much) starred in it. Bloody exciting, but I don't know if I recommend trying to watch it on a full stomach. It goes pretty faaaaaaaaaaar in the violence quotient, in keeping with its 13th century topic. If watching character's hands and limbs and feet get lopped off, or watching a corpse get catapulted against a wall don't scare you off, then sign up for it.
Purefoy's "slam the longsword through the hostage-taker's mouth" move made me giggle.