12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers

12 Strong: See how US troops fought with ruthless Taliban in Afghanistan

Post 9/11 attack, USA sent a military team in Afghanistan to fight with Taliban. Whether it’s a real story or fiction is yet to be ascertained as it has been sixteen years that America foot its feet in war-torn region of Afghanistan but it is true that US forces fought with Taliban to restore law and order in Afghanistan.

Plot of the movie

Story is based on a book Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton. This 2009 book was centered on US Special Forces troops the first squadto travel to Afghanistan after 9/11 attack. The story is like a real life incident of how US forces conquered Taliban.The movie has a scene where Captain Mitch Nelson the commander of the team comes to know that they would have to fight on horseback and that they won’t get the best horses.

Inclusion of Abdul Rashid Dostum

The story gets a political angle with the inclusion of Abdul Rashid Dostum. A small troop can’t take on Taliban that is a bigger enemy to contain even by an army.The US troops are asked to join hands with the warlord Dostum to increase their power but the troop loses all its arms and ammunitions while fighting with ruthless Taliban that takes no prisoners.

Action & Drama

The movie is a war drama full of action, violence and emotions. Recently a critic said that “if you are fan of any of the team 12 Strong, you’ll find the movie tolerable”. The comment is a signal to the unnecessary action and reaction that the movie has. There are emotional scenes like the soldiers won’t get good horses and the troop fighting without enough arms and ammo.

Time of the movie

12 Strong is made at a time when the US has come out of the mess called Afghanistan. It can be said that the movie is a tribute to the brave soldiers that travelled to Afghanistan and fought with ruthless Taliban.

12 Strong First Look & Poster

The poster has impression of the book Horse Soldiers. American soldiers are seen riding horses on the hilly terrains of Afghanistan. In the background, there are snowcapped hills and a large American chopper is seen flying high in the cloudy sky. Movie name is given on the bottom. The poster looks like a book cover.

Why watch the movie?

It is a war film based on a true story. The story stars with 9/11 attack and the resulting action by US government. A small troop of only a dozen brave soldiers lands on the dusty terrain of Afghanistan and enters into a political alliance with a local warlord to challenge the mighty Taliban that knows no humanity.


• Rob Riggie, Colonel Max Bowers in the movie served under the real Bowers as a Marine in Afghanistan
• The movie is based on a non-fiction book
• William Fitchner playing a member of Delta Force for second time
• Michael Peña, Sergeant First Class Sam Diller in the movie, was also present in World Trade

Directed – Nicolai Fuglsig
Produced – Jerry Bruckheimer, Molly Smith,Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill
Written – Ted Tally, Peter Craig,
Based on Horse Soldiers – Doug Stanton
Starring – Chris Hemsworth,Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Navid Negahban, Trevante Rhodes, Jack Kesy, Geoff Stults, Thad Luckinbill, Music – Lorne Balfe



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