12 Strong

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12 Strong has a solid cast, honorable intentions, and a thrilling, fact-based story - all of which are occasionally enough to balance a disappointing lack of depth or nuance.



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Chris Hemsworth ("Thor," "The Avengers" films) and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon ("Revolutionary Road," "Nocturnal Animals") star in "12 Strong," a powerful new war drama from Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Based on the book best-selling book Horse Soldiers, it is story of heroism based on true events that unfolded a world away in the aftermath of 9/11.

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Chris Hemsworth
as Captain Mitch Nelson
Michael Shannon
as Hal Spencer
Michael Peña
as Sam Diller
Navid Negahban
as General Dostum
Geoff Stults
as Sean Coffers
Thad Luckinbill
as Vern Michaels
Austin Hébert
as Pat Essex
Austin Stowell
as Fred Falls
Ben O'Toole
as Scott Black
Kenneth Miller
as Kevin Jackson
Kenny Sheard
as Bill Bennett
Jack Kesy
as Charles Jones
Rob Riggle
as Lt. Colonel Bowers
William Fichtner
as Colonel Mulholland
Elsa Pataky
as Jean Nelson
Laith Nakli
as Commander Ahmed Lal
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Audience Reviews for 12 Strong

  • Sep 10, 2018
    A true story and a good story at that. However, the film seems disjointed at times and some times the strong cast gets an opportunity to act and then they don't. The war sequences are well done and I was moved by it. Not a bad rental for sure! 09/09/2018
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2018
    Enjoyable enough with a good cast. But it still seems to contain all the usual war movie clichés which means that it really must be based loosely on real events.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2018
    Do you think it was weird for Hemsworth to constantly be referred to as Cap? *Seriously though, what these men did was incredible and director Nicolai Fuglsig finds an effective way to convey as much even if it takes him a good portion of the running time to find his footing.
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2018
    12 Strong is an adrenaline-charged war drama based on a true story of a group of Special Forces soldiers deployed after 9-11 to take down the Taliban. Can't complain over the ensemble cast filled with my favourite actors like Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Michael Pena. But it's Navid Negahban as General Dostum who is the scene stealer for me. My grief about the film? The pacing was too workman-like and uninspired. The script lacked depth, and the delivery was almost boring and lacked a strong climactic end. The 12 Strong men certainly deserved better!
    Chrisanne C Super Reviewer

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