Movie Review: 12 STRONG (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

12 STRONG was directed by Nicolai Fuglsig from a screenplay by Ted Tally and Peter Craig that’s based on the acclaimed book “Horse Soldiers” by author Doug Stanton. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Trevante Rhodes, Geoff Stults, Thad Luckinbill, Austin Stowell, Ben O’Toole, Austin Hébert, Kenneth Miller, Kenny Sheard and Jack Kesy. The ensemble cast also includes Navid Negahban, Elsa Pataky, William Fichtner and Rob Riggle.

Uncover one of the greatest missions the world has never known. 12 Strong is set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when an elite U.S. Special Forces unit, led by their Captain, Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. soldiers sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission in response to the attacks. Leaving their families behind, the team is dropped into the remote, rugged landscape of northern Afghanistan, where they must convince General Rashid 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 Afghan horse soldiers.  Despite forming an uneasy bond and growing respect, the new allies face overwhelming odds: vastly outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners.

It’s amazing how these twelve American soldiers didn’t even hesitate to volunteer to go into Afghanistan to carry out this top-secret mission before the rest of the coalition forces even arrived in this hostile and extremely deadly foreign land. They knew there were going to be risks and didn’t have a big arsenal or backup or anything like that, instead they joined forces with an Afghan warlord that offered to help them take out the Taliban forces responsible for 9/11 simply because he considered them to be his enemy as well. With their expert skills and training and maybe even a little luck, this brave group of horse soldiers slowly took out their enemy and against all odds they ultimately claimed victory.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded (the Blu-ray is black and the DVD is chrome) and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, 12 Strong ended up being an exciting war drama that tells the declassified true story of the first American soldiers that were sent into Afghanistan after 9/11. These men all volunteered to go into hostile territory on this top-secret mission to stop this particular Taliban group and the amazing thing is they all lived to tell this epic story. I really liked the concept for the movie and even though I’m sure Hollywood has exaggerated it all to some extent, I like the fact that these brave men are finally being honored for their bravery. I also want to personally thank them for their service! As far as the movie goes, it’s a fantastic watch with some fine performances by this great cast and a lot of intense action scenes. This is a Jerry Bruckheimer production after all so you can expect an impressive array of fireworks. This is a violent war drama and with that comes graphic scenes that some viewers may not enjoy – so just be warned. All in all, I’d say this is one of the best war movies to come along in a while and I’d put it right there with classics like Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down because it’s that good of a watch. 12 Strong will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on May 1st.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 130 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / EDA 5.1 / French Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA 5.1 / French Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features:

  • 12 Strong: The Making of an Impossible Mission (22:04)
  • Monumental Effort: Building America’s Response Monument (10:13)
  • Digital Copy


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