Chris Hemsworth Takes On The Taliban In '12 Strong'

Disappointing war flick from Jerry Bruckheimer.

12 Strong (NC16)

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon

Directed by Nicolai Fuglsig

In 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, a US Special Forces team was sent to Afghanistan to help the local resistance fight the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies — in the mountainous regions accessible only on horses. That’s a fascinating, little-known story and might’ve made a good movie (think a mash-up of Lawrence of Arabia and Rambo III), but first-time feature director Nicolai Fuglsig has buried it beneath battlefield clichés, sketchy characters and clunky dialogue. War is hell, but so is watching this movie, which isn’t really terrible, just generic. And coming from uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, that’s just darn disappointing. (**1/2)

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