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12 Strong (2018)

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12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Hemsworth ... Captain Mitch Nelson
Michael Shannon ... Hal Spencer
Michael Peña ... Sam Diller
Navid Negahban ... Gen. Dostum
Trevante Rhodes ... Ben Milo
Geoff Stults ... Sean Coffers
Thad Luckinbill ... Vern Michaels
Austin Hébert ... Pat Essex
Austin Stowell ... Fred Falls
Ben O'Toole ... Scott Black
Kenneth Miller ... Kevin Jackson
Kenny Sheard ... Bill Bennett
Jack Kesy ... Charles Jones
Rob Riggle ... Lt. Col. Bowers
William Fichtner ... Colonel Mulholland
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Storyline

The True Story of the Army's Special Forces "Green Berets", who within weeks responded to the 9-11 attack. Green Berets, with the help of the 160th SOAR(A), took over the country and allowed other Special Forces and the rest of the conventional military to begin the more publicly visible war. Written by Oso

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The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

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rated R for war violence and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Dari | Russian | Spanish | Uzbek

Release Date:

19 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horse Soldiers See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,815,025, 21 January 2018

Gross USA:

$45,819,713

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,450,815
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This is Jerry Bruckheimer's second film to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures, the first being Kangaroo Jack (2003), although produced by Castle Rock Entertainment. See more »

Goofs

In the description the warlord is called an Afghani. Afghani is the name of the currency of Afghanistan. A person from Afghanistan is called an Afghan. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Mulholland: The most important thing you take into battle, is the reason why.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, a photograph of the real team is shown. See more »

Connections

Featured in 12 Strong: The Making of an Impossible Mission (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Al Adhan
Performed by Youssef El Mejjad
Traditional, Arranged by Pat Jabbar
Courtesy of Barraka El Farnatshi Productions
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Perhaps just not quite strong enough
18 January 2018 | by GrumphySee all my reviews

12 Strong

Story was ordinary. Nothing you haven't seen thousand times before. Pretty straightforward from the beginning till the end, but it worked. Dialogue was mostly sharp and clever, with a few missteps here and there. As it was yet another "based on a true story" there were moments, quite a few, that felt way overly glorified. Artificial even. But perhaps that was a necessary evil to create more meaning for characters. Which, speaking about the devil, brings me to the compulsory over the top villain, because bad guys have to be maxed out on all aspects of vile behaviour.

Acting was solid for the most part. Great cast all around. Hemsworth pulls his weight and the team follows. At times even blindly, which is fine, because the enemy (because they're bad) shoot like stormtroopers. However, the next time I'd recommend taking more cover, and wearing a helmet couldn't hurt either. Perhaps they're too pretty and wanted to show it off?

Which brings me to visuals. Action was engaging and tense, nothing bad to say about that. Some key explosions felt a little flat though. Camerawork was enjoyable. Nothing too fancy and therefore unnecessary. No crazy "shaky cam" during the chaotic battle scenes, but a mandatory shell-shock sequence, which seemed a tad too familar.

The score and sound is decent. Both serving their purpose, but don't really go that extra mile. In a film such as this there probably isn't any need to. Unless one likes to challenge themselves to find out exactly how many guns are firing all at once during a scene or a take. If that's even possible. No memorable song to listen to when riding into a battle either. Well. It really wouldn't be much of a covert operation, crawling between the rocks, "Valkyries" blasting from the boom-box.

Same goes for directing. It's a job done well. All in all. And despite some minor gripes, the film is enjoyable for the most part. But I cannot help but feel like it fell a tad short. It seemed a bit too clean and cut out. What was coloured in was kept exactly within the lines. I guess that's that "based on" aspect. Life itself is much more colourful, it doesn't care about borders. It's ragged, jagged and jaunty. Quite like the truth. And there are many true sides to any true story.


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