12 Strong (2018)


Nicolai Fuglsig directs Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Michael Peña in this modern war movie reimagining the first boots on the grounds in Afghanistan after 9/11 – their mistrust of the local allied warlords and their use of horses to travel the inhospitable terrain. 

Dusty patriotism and familiar action. Watchable but forgettable, more a tribute than an entertainment. Lacks the chicken sweat, chemical burn intensity of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and the smirking humanity that so elevated the long forgotten Three Kings. Michael Shannon spends an inordinate amount of the narrative laying down. I wonder if that was in his contract.


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