'12 Strong' showcases the best of America's fighting spirit
On Sept. 11, 2001, America was changed forever when 19 men from a terrorist network attacked our country by flying highjacked planes into both towers at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This horrible act brought millions of Americans together and countless others wanting to strike back.
Soon after, a group of 12 highly trained Green Berets received an assignment to be one of the first units to enter into Afghanistan and strike the heart of the enemy that took responsibility for those terrorist attacks.
Chris Hemsworth plays Capt. Mitch Nelson as he rides into battle in 12 Strong. (Image courtesy of Warner Brothers)
The mission was considered to be unsurvivable, but that didn't stop the 12 brave men from riding through the extremely rough terrain of Afghanistan on horseback to take the fight the enemy.
12 Strong uniquely displays the perfect amount of American spirit and our will to fight for what we love and want to protect — our families and our country.
The film's narrative and its characters will drive audiences past the brink of inspiration — nothing can fracture what it truly means to be an American.
Amid the realistic battles sequences the film brilliantly captures, it adds the additional element of authenticity about what it's actually like working with and fighting alongside a complete group of strangers who don't speak the same language.
These Green Berets attempt to gain and earn trust with members of the Northern Alliance in 12 Strong. (Image courtesy of Warner Brothers)
The tension of not only engaging the enemy but having to embed yourself with a fighting force where trust is yet to be earned was utterly spot on and visually described.
The film correctly exhibits the troops' psychological pain around what it takes to build an efficient relationship with a group of people who look like the very enemy you've come to fight.