12 Strong

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Film review by Steve Duffy –

12 Strong is set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when a U.S. Special Forces team, led by their new captain, Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission.  There, in the rugged mountains, they must convince Northern Alliance General Dostum (Navid Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies.  But despite their uneasy bond, the new allies face overwhelming odds: outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners.

 What makes this film good (not great) is that it is based on a true story.

 Chris Hemsworth is definitely the lead in the film. He delivers a great performance and reminds us he is more than his comedic talents.

 Both Michael Shannon and Michael Pena give solid performances along with the other supporting cast. I would have liked to see Pena doing something more than his typical comedic relief.

 The battle sequences on horseback are thrilling and at times feels like you are playing a video game.

 Even though the film was shot in New Mexico, it convincingly feels and looks like the Middle East.

 12 Strong is a pretty good war movie. It is, at times, funny, and extremely intense and enjoyable to watch.

RATING: R for war violence and language throughout.

RUNTIME: 2 hours, 10 minutes


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