I had the opportunity to see an early screening of the movie 12 Strong and I have to say that it was better than I expected. Every year in school we talked about 9/11 and watched news videos about the day. I’ve watched movies about 9/11 but, 12 Strong told the story the best.
“We’re fighting with horsemen against tanks.” – Captain Mitch Nelson
Learning all about the twelve soldiers who went to battle on horseback was unbelievable. I could never imagine charging a tank on a horse.
Being in the military I felt like I connected with this movie on a deeper level. It’s not just a movie, it’s the harsh reality that I live in. That could be me or even someone I know one day. The graphics in the movie were so realistic I felt like I was riding on horseback next to them. The movie really made you feel like you were watching the real war. I’m forever thankful to the men who went to fight for this country after 9/11. While I was too young to know what was going on back then, I do know that if it wouldn’t have been for those men our country could have taken an even larger hit.
“We’re outnumbered fifty thousand Taliban to Al Qaeda fighters. We’re on our own. I can’t order anyone to do this.” – Captain Mitch Nelson
Knowing that the odds were against them, they were still willing to do what it takes to protect this country.
“12 Strong” is set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when 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.Rated R for war violence and language throughout.