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"12 STRONG"
(2018) (Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon) (R)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Minor
Blood/Gross Stuff Heavy
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Extreme
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) Minor
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking Mild
Tense Family Scenes Extreme
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Action/War Drama: A dozen Green Berets are assigned to be the first U.S. forces to retaliate against the Taliban in Afghanistan following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
PLOT:
It's the fall of 2001 and al-Qaeda terrorists have just attacked America in several locations. In response, Colonel Mulholland (WILLIAM FICHTNER) is responsible for selecting a small team of Green Berets and sending them into northern Afghanistan where they're to help one of the local anti-Taliban leaders, Uzbek warlord General Abdul Rashid Dostum (NAVID NEGAHBAN), and his lightly armed cavalry battle the more heavily armed enemy.

Despite Captain Mitch Nelson (CHRIS HEMSWORTH) having no real combat experience (but having trained military teams in country) and having recently returned to take on a desk job, Mulholland selects him due to being the only candidate who sees the situation as it really is and who offers them a chance of hope. Mitch then assembles his 12-man team that includes, among others, his right-hand man, Chief Warrant Officer Hal Spencer (MICHAEL SHANNON); Sgt First Class Sam Diller (MICHAEL PENA) who's still mad that Mitch had planned on leaving them for desk duty; and Sergeant First Class Ben Milo (TREVANTE RHODES) who soon finds himself shadowed at all times by a young Afghan boy.

With Dostum knowing the lay of the land as well as the long, battle-worn history of his country, Mitch and his team's job is to accompany the Afghan general in calling in U.S. military air strikes against the Taliban, all of which means they have to be fairly close to the enemy to get those needed strike coordinates. With the days passing by, Mitch and his team do just that, hoping to get to a pivotal Taliban stronghold city before other, rival Afghan leaders can do the same, all to prevent a civil war from breaking out and thus potentially hampering this new war on terrorism.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into war films (especially ones based on true stories) and/or are fans of anyone in the cast, they might show some interest.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For war violence and language throughout.


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