‘12 Strong’ Trailer: Chris Hemsworth Fights the Taliban on Horseback

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Chris Hemsworth leads a U.S. Special Forces team in the upcoming true story action-drama 12 Strong.

Based on the best-selling book Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton, 12 Strong follows a team of Green Berets that were sent into Afghanistan in the days following 9/11. Their mission finds them having to team up with a Northern Alliance General (David Negahban) and his team to take on the Taliban and Al Qaeda. In a foreign land in a precarious partnership, the team must also adapt to using the tactics of the local Afghani horse soldiers.

There’s something decidedly old-school about this war drama. There are a few true-story war move tropes on offer and the patriotism is – as expected – quite prevalent, but those aren’t necessarily detractions if they’re kept from being too heavy handed. The action will likely be the film’s key calling card, and the combat looks quite impressive, with Danish cinematographer Rasmus Videbæk (A Royal Affair, The Dark Tower) putting in what looks like strong work.

12 Strong also stars Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, William Fichtner, Elsa Pataky and Rob Riggle, among others, and will open in the US on January 19, 2018.

Official synopsis for 12 Strong:

Set in the harrowing days following 9/11, a U.S. Special Forces team, led by their new Captain, Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. There, in the rugged mountains, they must convince Northern Alliance General Dostum (Navid Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. In addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the Americans—accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare—must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghani horse soldiers. But despite their uneasy bond, the new allies face overwhelming odds: outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners.

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