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.
Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School,' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris--an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends' lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.
The plot tagline says "3 U.S. Airmen," but only Spencer Stone is in the Air Force. Alek Skarlatos is Army National Guard and Anthony Sadler is a civilian. See more »
The scene in the German bar was not shot in a German bar, as filming locations on IMDB also state that none of the scenes were filmed in Germany. The text on the menu behind the counter and other signs in the bar had errors in spelling and grammar. And the German bar maid, speaking German first, has a thick English accent. While when she switched to English it was just fine. See more »
A victory against terror - enjoyed this thoroughly.
For those who criticize the non action parts of the movie miss the point. This movie is about ordinary people who had to deal with an extraordinary situation. The events only took minutes so of course it isn't a non stop action movie. It was a good thing to use the actual people as much as possible the three from Sacramento and the other from Virginia played themselves. It didn't have a reality TV feel - it actually helped make things much more real - not just some famous actors in perilous situations and there is nothing wrong with their acting. The parts showing the training of Stone were useful for the way he tackled the terrorist later and helped the shooting victim so it wasn't wasted. I actually enjoyed their trip through Rome, Venice, Berlin and Amsterdam. Their dialog was so much like any person who has done the Eurailpass thing would recognize. Showing their happy times helps emphasize the beauty and good times that still exist in Europe
A couple of faults - the ceremonial speech at the end by Hollande could have had subtitles. The real footage was cleverly blended with the reenactments. The childhood school bonding is cute but the getting in trouble and visits to the principal's office could have been shortened a bit. Whatever it is it didn't have a Clint Eastwood draggy feeling at all.
So good to see a real terrorist situation that turned out okay.
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