'12 Strong' review: Hemsworth leads a solid wartime film


A movie filling itself as a "declassified true story" is likely to raise skepticism for the same reason.

After a couple years training with his unit of Green Berets, Capt. Mitch Nelson (played by Hemsworth) has transferred to a cushy desk job when he and his family watch in horror as two planes strike the World Trade Center.

But it's hard to shake the feeling that 12 Strong-based on Doug Stanton's 2009 book Horse Soldiers, about U.S. Special Forces troops who traveled to Afghanistan shortly after 9/11 to confront Taliban forces-should add up to more than it does. After some assistance from his friend and Chief Warrant Officer Hal Spencer (Michael Shannon), Nelson, Spencer, and ten of their fellow soldiers, codenamed "Task Force Dagger", head to Uzbekistan where they're briefed on a mission of retaking a vital Taliban stronghold.

There's the necessary gripping emotion, for sure, and also the huge battleground set pieces a war drama demands, though 12 Strong goes a little too over the top with its action-packed climax - obviously, real horses couldn't be used in the more harrowing danger, and the visual effects are iffy in certain moments.

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12 Strong is slated for release on January 19, 2018.

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Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon lead the cast to tell a story about the unique bond made between the soldiers and their patriotism. 12 Strong isn't hurting for talent; it's hurting for a script that will make use of that talent. Yes, there's the stakes of "Will these men make it home alive?" but that's the stakes in any war film, and one that becomes cheapened when more attention is paid to stunts with horses than any character development.