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12 STRONG- KARL SIDES (The Flick Fanatic.com)

12 STRONG

Starring: Chris Hemsworth- Capt. Mitch Nelson

Michael Shannon- Hal Spencer

Michael Pena- Sam Diller

Navid Negahban- General Dostum

HEMSWORTH LEADS A GROUP OF SOLDIERS ON AMERICA’S INTIAL RETALIATION FOR THE 9/11 ATTACKS IN THE NEW FILM “12 STRONG”

My favorite thing to see in a film is the line “Based on a true story”, so I was anxious to see the new film “12 Strong” which is base on the covert mission by the United States to retaliate following the 9/11 terrorist attacks by the Taliban.

Immediately following the twin towers tumbling, Capt. Mitch Nelson returns to his base to get his unit back together only to be told his unit has disbanded and he is riding a desk. Communications officer Hal Spencer retracts his retirement for one more mission with Nelson.

Once the unit lands in Afghanistan, Nelson is briefed by Col. Mullholland (William Fichtner) informing the captain he is going to lead his team to join Afghan rebels in the mountains to target Taliban camps for airstrikes. Nelson tells the colonel his team will complete the mission in 3 weeks with no casualties.

Nelson’s group lands in country and meets with General Dostum, leader of the Afghan rebels and hater of the Taliban, who has little respect for Nelson because “he doesn’t have killer eyes”. Nelson promises a 3-week time table only to find out they are going to do the mission on horseback and there are only 12 horses. Now with his unit split in half and outnumbered 100 to 1, Nelson begins his campaign with a reluctant General to destroy the Taliban.

Nelson and his unit target the first Taliban outpost and bomb it. When he sends in the soldiers his unit is ambushed by Taliban re-enforcements coming in from a road in the south. Nelson has it out with Dostum demanding all the information he has so not to be ambushed again. Nelson splits his unit again sending Sam Diller and 3 other men across the desert to flank the Taliban and cut off the re-enforcements coming down the valley leading to the city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

The film is very good and as I said based on actual events, that being said it is dialogue driven and slow at times. The battle scenes are great and I really liked the bond developed between Dostrum and Nelson that continues to this day. It was also very cool during the credits to show the actual soldiers who received no credit for the mission, but recently had a statue dedicated to their bravery at the Ground zero memorial.

 

Rating 4/6 horses

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