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    Senior Member David Vaughn's Avatar
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    12 Strong (Blu-ray) review

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    In the harrowing days following 9/11, 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, they are 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.

    My Thoughts
    The mission depicted in this film wasn’t declassified until a few years ago but seeing what this team went through in order to survive impossible odds is pretty amazing. Unfortunately, the Hollywoodization of the story took me out of the picture too many times. For example, the soldiers rarely stop to reload their weapons and seem to have an endless supply of bullets. Granted, this is common in movies, but when the topic is based upon a real-life experience, keep it real!

    My other gripe with it is the narrative is a mixed bag and it drags in certain parts of the film. While overall, I enjoyed the experience, it had the opportunity to be so much more than it was, and I understood why when the credits rolled when I saw who produced it—Jerry Bruckheimer—enough said.

    Video 4.5/5 (AVC)

    Audio 4.5/5 (DTS-HD 5.1)

    Special Features:

    • 12 Strong: The Making of an Impossible Mission
    • Monumental Effort: Building America’s Response Monument
    • Movies Anywhere Digital Copy + DVD

    There have been a handful of war movies released in recent years that have seen decent box office returns, but this wasn’t one of them. At less than $69 million, it didn’t do nearly as well as Lone Survivor, which did a little more than double that and frankly, was twice the movie this one is. While not bad by any stretch, it is flawed but worth a rental if you want to spend an evening with some American heroes.
    David Vaughn
    Technical Writer/Blu-ray Reviewer
    Sound and Vision Magazine

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    Senior Member Lefisc's Avatar
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    Thanks. I’ll check,it out on cable.
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    Looking at the trailer and reading your review, I'll spend the $1.50 to rent it.

    Although it won't be Full Metal Jacket or Apocolypse Now kind of good, I think it's worth it. Thanks for the review, David.

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    Thanks Dave. I passed on requesting this one for review after my son saw it and wasn't impressed.

    Ralph C.Potts
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