Movie Review: 12 Strong, directed by Nicolai Fuglsig. (Four Stars)


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Movie Review: 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers, directed by Nicolai Fuglsig.

(Four Stars)

“Your mission will fail because you fear death.”

An old-fashioned war movie, based on the incredible true story of America’s first strike back after 9-11. The most engaging depiction is that of General Abdul Rashid Dostum, now vice president of Afghanistan. (All the quotes surrounding this review are by his character. There are as many quotable ones by the American characters, such as, “The only way home is winning.”)

“You have many men over you; I have over me, only God.”

Extremely violent. Much of the violence is bloodless, but much is very bloody. Ten percent shorter would have been ten percent better. The men who were there say the movie was accurate in “depicting what a Special Forces team is all about.”

“You live in a place where life is better than the afterlife.”

Not a family movie, but a significant window back to a time when America was united.

“There are no right choices here; this is Afghanistan. Soon America will just be another tribe here. You’re cowards if you leave; if you stay, you’ll one day be my enemy.”


2 thoughts on “Movie Review: 12 Strong, directed by Nicolai Fuglsig. (Four Stars)

  1. You have to listen and watch closely (when they’re talking) but there’s a fair amount of insightful information. (The ten percent they could have shortened was the battle scenes.)

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