Yawn. Poorly Filmed Snooze Fest.
Wow! What a bizarre film! Unfortunately the few funny moments there were were quite overshadowed by it's completely weird and random vibe throughout.
Watching it is like watching the spectacle of a class clown at their best: you laugh at their jokes, instigate their defiance, and "ooooh" when they get in trouble.
If you came here looking to find some gripping, well thought out war story, you came to the wrong place.Sure, it was probably exaggerated. Yes, we don't know exactly how it went down. But the fact is that the TRUE STORY is that 12 men came in, got their job done, and all of them got out. So yea, the soldiers are going to look like they're immortal/invincible. But that's because they all survived.It's a simple story. Team had a mission and executed. What else did you expect from a war biopic??Now if you call this American propaganda, then maybe you just don't like the truth. Yes, it is an unbelievable feat. But it really happened. Does it make America the world's savior? No.. it just tells the story of 12 brave men who accomplished their mission. Lord knows we aren't saviors, given the fact that we're still there today.
Having served in Afghanistan and familiar with the geography of the movie there is the overall disappointment of not having anything filmed which is even close to the amazing topography of Mazir - I learned nothing about the beginnings of operation enduring freedom other than all this took place in the north - which I did not know. As well - I was not aware of this first effort in the US response to September 11 and the quasi collaborative approach to an attempt on Al Qaeda. Nice to know.
Otherwise the plot is just a handwritten-on-a-napkin approach to a logistically complicated effort without any depth - Action! - special Forces Identified, 9/11 happens, sad goodbye to family, insertion to country, three campaigns to deliver air support, bad guy identified by killing women, good guy suffers sucking chest wound, bad guy gets it, everyone makes it out alive, warm hello to family, actual group photo during credits - scene!
One hopes that eventually the likes of Spielberg, Stone, Kubrick and Coppola will bring their warcraft to these middle eastern operations - ( though we do have Three Kings, Zero Dark Thirty and Restrepo ) but this was never WWII or vietnam - this was "war during pokemon and Halo II" - a better story than 12 strong has been told by Phil Klay's "redeployment" and in such tales I believe we will find the seminal storylines of the Bush era wars.
A considerable budget lost on an embarrassing film, with shallow dialogues and a clueless direction. The characters are paper-thin, the screenplay repetitive and predictable, and all the other technical aspects (except maybe the many bombings) are disappointing to say the least. I just came out of the theatre tired and angry for the two hours and twenty minutes I had lost.
I was interested in the significance of the movie 12 Strong brave men and their story. Next to other war movies, Saving Private Ryan, Hurt Locker, Bravo Two Zero etc., this movie appeared too Hollywood'ish, I found myself looking away from the movie to do other things, it was just okay.