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12 Strong (2018)



Critic Consensus: 12 Strong has a solid cast, honorable intentions, and a thrilling, fact-based story - all of which are occasionally enough to balance a disappointing lack of depth or nuance.

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Chris Hemsworth ("Thor," "The Avengers" films) and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon ("Revolutionary Road," "Nocturnal Animals") star in "12 Strong," a powerful new war drama from Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Based on the book best-selling book Horse Soldiers, it is story of heroism based on true events that unfolded a world away in the aftermath of 9/11.

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Chris Hemsworth
as Captain Mitch Nelson
Michael Shannon
as Hal Spencer
Michael Peña
as Sam Diller
Navid Negahban
as General Dostum
Geoff Stults
as Sean Coffers
Thad Luckinbill
as Vern Michaels
Austin Hébert
as Pat Essex
Austin Stowell
as Fred Falls
Ben O'Toole
as Scott Black
Kenneth Miller
as Kevin Jackson
Kenny Sheard
as Bill Bennett
Jack Kesy
as Charles Jones
Rob Riggle
as Lt. Colonel Bowers
William Fichtner
as Colonel Mulholland
Elsa Pataky
as Jean Nelson
Laith Nakli
as Commander Ahmed Lal
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Critic Reviews for 12 Strong

All Critics (173) | Top Critics (51)

Unfortunately the movie's central philosophical conflict, between the captain and an Afghan warlord, features dialogue like "Your mission will fail because you fear death."

March 10, 2020 | Full Review…

This is an intense, serious war film.

March 9, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The action is frequent and gripping, the heroism present but understated, and the sense of tactical complexity has survived the script-writing process, so there is more geo-political subtlety than one expects from a post-9/11 American war movie.

March 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

As pointless and as unnecessarily long as the conflict that inspired it.

January 31, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Like so many muscles in Hollywood, it all feels rather fake: steroidal and pumped up rather than legitimately hard-won.

January 28, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Yes, it's intense jingoistic nonsense and full of hilarious caricatures - watch out for US enemy No 1, the evil Arab Mullah Razzan, played by Numan Acar in deadpan homage to Aladdin's cartoon nemesis Jafar.

January 26, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 12 Strong


A true story and a good story at that. However, the film seems disjointed at times and some times the strong cast gets an opportunity to act and then they don't. The war sequences are well done and I was moved by it. Not a bad rental for sure! 09/09/2018

Christopher Oakley
Christopher Oakley

Super Reviewer


Do you think it was weird for Hemsworth to constantly be referred to as Cap? *Seriously though, what these men did was incredible and director Nicolai Fuglsig finds an effective way to convey as much even if it takes him a good portion of the running time to find his footing.

Philip Price
Philip Price

Super Reviewer

12 Strong is an adrenaline-charged war drama based on a true story of a group of Special Forces soldiers deployed after 9-11 to take down the Taliban. Can't complain over the ensemble cast filled with my favourite actors like Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Michael Pena. But it's Navid Negahban as General Dostum who is the scene stealer for me. My grief about the film? The pacing was too workman-like and uninspired. The script lacked depth, and the delivery was almost boring and lacked a strong climactic end. The 12 Strong men certainly deserved better!

Chrisanne Chin
Chrisanne Chin

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