To be honest, I watched this movie two weeks ago. I just haven’t found the time to actually write about it because of multiple reasons, the main one being I’ve sincerely forgotten about it. But here I am.
12 Strong is about (you guessed it!) twelve men who volunteer to enter Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. They form a tentative partnership with the Northern Alliance to take down the Taliban and their al-Qaida allies, facing high stakes and a highly unfavourable outcome. It’s a dangerous mission, but Captain Nelson (Chris Hemsworth) is determined to make sure all of his men come home.
So. A few thoughts: Lots of action. Kind of funny. Many things blew up on screen, and it was blood, blood, blood galore. Okay, it wasn’t nearly as bloody as other war movies I’ve seen, but it did make me queasy in a few places. It was inspiring. Engaging. Relatively easy to understand considering I have never studied military language. Also, on an unrelated note, Chris Hemsworth is a really good strategy to keep my attention. So, yeah, I liked it.
I have decided to remove the Necessity category for my movie reviews from now on because it’s kind of useless and I always end up giving the same number. Therefore, this is my movie review based on my three-category, five-point system.
Enjoyment – 4
As I’ve said, it was enjoyable. The action was practically non-stop, and the talking bits in between were short and either funny or engaging. I was immersed in a world of war, one in which my reality becomes less colourful and happy and optimistic (as compared to what the setting is like in the film), and I grew attached to the main characters.
That said, there were a few scenes in the movie where I found myself disconnecting from the plot and its characters simply because I didn’t understand it, and I was trying to recover from the confusion of how things worked in those kinds of situations. So, I didn’t enjoy it from beginning to end, but I did enjoy it about 90% of the time. Some of the jokes were really funny, too.
“If you’re gonna interrupt me, you should probably be entirely right.”
Quality – 4.5
The acting was fine. No comments on that. The special effects were good in terms of the sound editing and ominous music every now and then. And I could feel myself standing in the desert along with those twelve very, very brave men. Still, I didn’t give it a 5 because the gore and blood and things being blown up were a little unreal. It’s probably due to budgeting or something, but thankfully the movie didn’t have too many scenes with human bits strewn about a desert area, so I didn’t see many fake body parts.
I mean, I guess I wouldn’t really know, having never seen humans being blown up on a battlefield, but it just seemed a little fake. Yes, yes it’s a movie (everything’s fake) but it was obvious. You’re welcome to disagree with me.
General – 4
I feel like I repeat myself a lot when I say I liked this movie and it’s good and it does its job of letting me escape my dreary world to an even drearier one. Well, it’s true for this. It didn’t stand out very much, but in the heat of the moment, I really liked it. Just be prepared to be immersed in a world of danger and war. I don’t think you’ll need a lot of emotional preparation though, unless this particular event strikes a cord within you.
To those of you who were affected by the events of 9/11, I hope I have not offended you by anything I’ve said in this post. According to the film, this mission did happen, but it was kept top secret, so Captain Nelson and his team never received any kind of recognition for the sacrifices they made or their eventual success.
I do have to succumb to the teenaged girl within me when I say Chris Hemsworth is always a good choice because I stare at his face more than anyone else’s throughout the whole movie, and I hang on to his every word because it’s Chris freaking Hemsworth. ❤
If you’ve stayed with me throughout this review, then please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments!