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Aphiratanachai Buakham, Staff Writer

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 12 Strong, a war movie based on the book “Horse Soldiers” by Doug Staton directed by Nicolai Fuglsig, and distributed by Warner Bros. Picture and Lionsgate; features familiar faces from popular movies and some comedians.

                Hours after the twin towers were destroyed by terrorists, a group of 12 soldiers are called into countering this attack. Will these 12 men succeed and return home safely or will they die a hero?

                Hours after the twin towers were destroyed by terrorists, a group of 12 soldiers are called into countering this attack. Will these 12 men succeed and return home safely or will they die a hero?

                Following the September 11 attacks, Task Force Dagger, including CIA officers and the Army Green Berets are sent to Afghanistan. Joining forces with General Abdul Rashid Dostum of the northern alliance to help contact unconventional warfare against Taliban forces.

                12 Strong stars Chris Hemsworth, Rob Riggle, Michael Peña, and Michael Shannon, a film based on a true story about horse soldiers who signed up to be America’s first line of defense against the Taliban. With their country in peril 12 soldiers who were about to leave take matters in their own hand to deal with these terrorists. Arriving there, the 12 soldiers meet with their allies who are also battling Taliban forces and join together to defeat the common enemy.

                Let us start off with the positives, the film had amazing fighting scenes and special effects to depict what an actual war would look like. Chris Hemsworth did an amazing job adapting to his role and leaving his Thor persona behind. Other actors like Michael Peña and Rob Riggle brought humor to the film and made it more lively. The development of the story and plot were also excellent.

                “Some of the scenes were cliche, like in most war movies you can find nowadays.”- Fred Melendez (11)

                However, some of the negatives were poor character development which made the soldiers feel like normal soldiers without any personalities. They would casually tell each other jokes and also dirty jokes (Rated R) which was not a bad thing, but it got a little too repetitive.

                “War movies usually bore me; however, this movie was really able to thrill me throughout the whole time.” – Gilbert Medina (11)

                Overall the movie was an excellent start to 2018 January movies. Receiving positive feedbacks, the movie is worth watching as it would not make you lose your interests. I would give this movie a 7/10.

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