Okay, I am biased here because I really like action films. 12 Strong had that in spades. Subtitled The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers, this was a great look at a very unknown even in the War on Terror. The best part about this film was that it included little or no political agenda… it simply told a story without trying to preach an America sucks and we should be ashamed or rah-rah nationalism. Movies are so much better when they leave their agenda at home and just tell a story.

The cast was excellent. Chris Hemsworth as Captain Mitch Nelson, was great casting. Yes, his accent interfered a bit but he is solidly believable as the captain of the first soldiers to see action after 9/11. Rob Riggle continues to stretch his acting muscles as he has recently transitioned from funny man to serious actor. Michael Peña an actor who gets a ton of work because he is so good, once again delivered the good. The best performance though, had to be Navid Negahban as General Abdul Rashid Dostum.

Go see this film if you like action. Go see this film if you like war movies. Go see this film if you like good storytelling. Go see this film if you are tired of the opposition always preaching to you. Heck, just go see this film

RATING 9 out of 10

by Chris Doelle