Genre: Action, Drama, History
Duration: 131 minutes
India Release Date: 19-JAN-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.50 on 5
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.
12 Strong, based on the true story of the first team of American soldiers to enter the rocky terrain of Afghanistan in October of 2001 is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Debutant Nicolai Fuglsig. This film is based on the book Horse Soldiers. Danish director come photo-journalist Fulsig lends some welcome grit to the film’s many battle scenes. 12 Strong is one of the first and most unequivocal victories of the U.S. war against the Taliban and al Qaeda. Making his directorial debut, Nicolai Fuglsig shows an eye for capturing action but struggles to control the tone of the violent mayhem. Film takes on the viewpoint that American lives are more valuable than the lives of the Afghans, which often comes across as grotesque spectacle. With a declassified story about the earliest days of the war in Afghanistan, film features a great cast and delivers strong work but struggles to play to its strengths, often focusing on violence over characters, and a baffling focus on victory for a war entering its 17th year. The story is compelling, and the movie overall was entertaining to watch but was not memorable.
Performance / Technical Review:
Chris Hemsworth does well as the inexperienced combat Captain who is handed the impossible task of securing a Taliban stronghold. Navid Negahban’s performance as General Dostum of the Northern Alliance is noteworthy. The screenplay by Ted Tally and Peter Craig takes great craft and care in dramatizing Doug Stanton’s non-fiction book, titled HORSE SOLDIERS.
Overall, 12 STRONG is a heartfelt and respectful tribute to heroes whose sacrifice, commitment and courage shouldn’t go unnoticed and it keeps the phrase alive: “Afghanistan is called the graveyard of empires”.
Worth to see in IMAX for Sound and Cinematography.
Ratings: 3.5 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3.5 on 5
Screenplay: 3.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5