Fatigue for real-life war films is beginning to set in for me. I can only watch so many “based on a true story” fare before I long for some well-written fiction.
But don’t discount 12 Strong as just another genre piece: It’s truly a feat of heroism and heart that shouldn’t be missed.
It tells the story of the first Special Forces team to go to Afghanistan after 9/11, and their efforts to overthrow the Taliban.
It’s a nuanced, beautiful drama that is so much more than the previews would lead you to believe.
Chris Hemsworth once again proves he’s under-estimated by audiences and critics alike, bringing more depth to the role than you’d ever expect from Marvel’s Thor.
If he continues to anchor strong non-franchise efforts like Rush, In The Heart of the Sea and this film, watch for him to have a renaissance post-Avengers.
The supporting players are critical here, and include veterans Michael Shannon and Michael Pena, as well as Trevante Rhodes in a wonderful post-Moonlight performance.
It’s a somber film, and yet manages to be deftly funny and well-paced.
It’s a pretty solid effort and a heck of a journey at the movies.