12 Strong

R (for war violence and language throughout)
Running time:
130 minutes

Set in the harrowing days following 9/11, a U.S. Special Forces team, led by their new Captain, Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. There, in the rugged mountains, they must convince Northern Alliance General Dostum (Navid Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. In addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the Americans - accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare - must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghani horse soldiers. But despite their uneasy bond, the new allies face overwhelming odds: outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners.

Release date:
January 19, 2018
Quick review:
Sturdy, fact-based account of Army special forces unit (led by Chris Hemsworth) inserted into Northern Afghanistan just weeks after 9-11 to assist Northern Alliance in an early battle to capture the key stronghold of Mazar-i-Sharif from entrenched Taliban forces. The men (including Michael Pena and Michael Shannon) were lightly equipped and trained to work with local allies, which in this case meant making charges on horseback. Based on Doug Stanton’s book ‘ The Horse Soldiers.’ Co-starring Rob Riggle, a former Marine who actually served in Mazar-i-Sharif.