Last Thursday was a double feature. The first one I saw was 12 Strong. This is a movie about a true story of 12 soldiers who go into Afghanistan right after the 9/11 attacks. I must admit that these true stories about our soldiers always get me. What our troops go through for us is nothing short of amazing. Whether these movies are amazingly made or not the best production, I still get a lot out of them.
This story was classified and wasn’t made public for a long time. And it’s a story that a lot of people probably don’t know much about. The action scenes were as good as always in a war movie. It really showed the bravery and courage it takes to go into battle. It wasn’t over the top graphic or too extreme, but certainly showed the brutality of war.
This was a fairly long film at two hours and ten minutes. It felt like half that. This one flies by. And it’s one that you could watch again and again. I thought it did a good of showing just enough of the soldiers at home to know how hard it is for them to leave, but it didn’t show too much. Make no mistake, this is a movie about the actual struggle in Afghanistan and not about what goes on at home. The relationship between the U.S. soldiers and some of the Afghan soldiers were very interesting to see.
Is it an Oscar-winning film? Probably not. But it’s another great war movie that I think is important for Americans to see. As I mentioned above, I’m partial to war movies that show the true stories that our soldiers go through. For this reason, I probably rate these movies higher than some. I simply have a tough time knocking these movies as it feels, somewhat, un-American to me.
FINAL SCORE: 80