12 Strong


2018 (UK), Drama/Action, 2h 11m

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, William Fichtner, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena & Rob Ringgle

In the wake of the September 11 attacks, Captain Mitch Nelson leads a US Special Forces team into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. Once there, the soldiers develop an uneasy partnership with the Northern Alliance to take down the Taliban and its al-Qaida allies. Outgunned and outnumbered, Nelson and his forces face overwhelming odds in a fight against a ruthless enemy that takes no prisoners.

12 Strong is built like a grungy war video game, with each village treated like a new level and the actual story and character development taking a backseat as though it’s not important.

It’s a shame, because after reading up on the true story, it could have been such a amazing and inspiring film – but instead it came across as American propaganda, making out that everybody in Afghanistan is a terrorist – it’s just offensive trash.

The cinematography is decent in parts, but all the acting, even coming from the greats like Hemsworth and Shannon is wooden.

If anything I felt more sorry for the horses than I did the heroes (in the film, not in real life obviously).

There are some cool action scenes but due to the terrible portrayal of American military power I found myself sighing in anger. Propaganda at its best.


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