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.


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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  • Aug 04, 2019
    Based on an incredible true story, 12 Strong is a compelling and inspirational war film. In the aftermath of the 2001 September 11th terrorist attacks on America an elite US Special Forces team is sent to Afghanistan to take out a Taliban strong hold to clear the way for American forces to launch their military campaign. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, and William Fichtner, the cast is quite impressive and delivers strong performances. Also, the film does a good job at showing the culture clash and how the US soldiers had to adapt to a different form of warfare. And director Nicolai Fuglsig brings a lot of tension and energy to the battle scenes. The score as well is especially well-done and heightens the action and drama. 12 Strong is a powerful film about one of the first major US victories in the Afghanistan War.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • 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

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