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 (157) | Top Critics (33)

The Horse Soldiers' story is unconventional, and the film-produced by uber-slickster Jerry Bruckheimer-has been shaped along conventional war-movie lines.

January 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Although the characters are all types, the performances are strong enough that we identify with them despite their lack of depth.

January 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's all solid from a technical perspective. Where the film could have used more power is in its narrative momentum.

January 20, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Never delves deep enough to examine the larger involvement of the U.S. and those ramifications, but "12 Strong" manages to infuse heart and character into this adrenaline-fueled war film

January 19, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Fuglsig's feature debut is ultimately less an action movie and more a procedural, one in which incremental gains and minimal casualties are as much as can be hoped for.

January 19, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Shannon and Hemsworth employ all their uncomplicated masculine charisma, and the war scenes are pumped with adrenaline.

January 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | 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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