The film will hit all standard and IMAX theaters in the USA on January 19th. Instead we get Australian Chris Hemsworth (with a variable American accent) as Mitch Nelson, an Army Special Forces captain who led a classified mission into Afghanistan in the weeks following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
After reaching the war torn country, the soldiers form an alliance with the Northern Alliance to take on the Taliban and its al-Qaida allies.
The strategy earns them the nickname "Horse Soldiers". But despite their uneasy bond, the new allies face overwhelming odds: OUTNUMBERED and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners.
Based on a nonfiction book by Doug Stanton, "12 Strong" has a curiously old-fashioned feel for a contemporary war film. What 12 Strong does deliver, however, is a rousing tribute to the bravery of soldiers whose contributions went unheralded for years. In other words, thankfully that dynamic between Mitch and Dostum does exist to separate 12 Strong from the pack of Afghanistan war movies that add nothing new to the discussion.
On a bright autumn morning, Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth) is relaxing with his wife and daughter when he happens to glance at the television screen and witnesses something so horrific that it's as if time has stopped: a plane flying straight into the World Trade Center. Yes, there's the stakes of "Will these men make it home alive?" but that's the stakes in any war film, and one that becomes cheapened when more attention is paid to stunts with horses than any character development. He may not have "killer eyes" (the warlord's description of Michael Shannon's Chief Warrant Officer), but he's got a killer heart. So Nelson and his comrades, fighting alongside anti-Taliban forces, adopt an old-school approach to getting around. 12 Strong isn't hurting for talent; it's hurting for a script that will make use of that talent.