12 Strong is a true story based on the US Special Forces who entered Afghanistan one month after 9/11 and helped to capture the Taliban stronghold Mazari-i Sharif. Based on Doug Stanton’s book, The Horse Soldiers, the nickname of the Army’s Fifth Special Forces unit, this is a story of perseverance against all odds and the belief in oneself to confront danger.
The story is about a troop of 12 soldiers, led by Captain Mitch Nelson (played by Chris Hemsworth), who head for an almost impossible mission of finding the Taliban hidden in caves in the rugged mountainside of Afghanistan and on a larger perspective saving the northern alliance from breaking.
There are some really scary facts highlighted in the movie that would boil your blood, like the talibans killing a mother of three girls because she was educating them before they turned 8.
Directed by first time filmmaker Nicolai Fuglsig, it ticks all the clichés from the check list of a war drama – the soldiers going off to an almost impossible mission leaving their families behind, bonding with the ‘brothers in arms’, being ambushed by the enemy and ultimately being part of a historic victory. The only difference from other movies is the ‘soldiers on horses’ aspect.
The climax, though predictable, makes you sit on the edge and keeps you gripped. What is disappointing is the fact that neither the back story of the soldiers or the condition of the civilians in Afghanistan is given any importance.
The movie has some really good performances by the stellar cast. The direction is good for a first- timer. The dialogues are crisp, minimal and actually funny at times. Background score and sound effects were all on point.
All in all, 12 strong is a clichéd war drama with some good performances by the cast we give it 3 stars with a kink.
12 Strong is a true story based on the US Special Forces who entered Afghanistan one month after 9/11 and helped to capture the Taliban stronghold...3.0